Coronavirus: How do you self-isolate successfully?

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Image caption People might be asked to stay at home for two weeks if they have close contact with a coronavirus carrier

Many more people may be asked to self-isolate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the UK, the NHS has warned. But what do you have to do if you might be at risk?

More than 80 people who spent two weeks in quarantine were hailed as setting an “important example” by NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens, as he said people may increasingly be asked to isolate themselves.

There are no official figures on the numbers of people advised to self-isolate, but the approach is seen as a crucial way of minimising the spread of the virus.

But what does self-isolation mean and how do you ensure it works?

Who should isolate themselves?

You only need to isolate yourself if you’ve been told to by Public Health England (PHE) or the Department for Health and Social Care.