Would you self-isolate if you were told to?

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Are you worried about your job security and finances if you’re told to self-isolate? Do you have children or others who depend on you? Are you confident about what you can and can’t do if you’re self-isolating?

A new online quiz is open until 15 December to help St Helens Borough Council understand what you know about self-isolation and what support you need to be able to self-isolate if you are told to. You could even be in with a chance of winning a £100 High Street shopping voucher by completing the survey.

Cllr Anthony Burns, St Helens Borough Council’s cabinet member for public health, leisure, libraries and heritage, said: “We know everyone’s circumstances are different and it can be confusing to know if you need to self-isolate and how long for.

“If you are advised to self-isolate by Test and Trace, the COVID-19 app, your workplace or school – it’s vital that you follow their instructions. This means staying at home apart from to get a test – but you only need to get a test if you have symptoms. If you need food or medicine, ask a friend or relative to get it for you and leave it on your doorstep.”

Sue Forster, director of public health for St Helens Borough Council, said: “Even if you feel healthy, you should self-isolate if you are told to. You might not have any symptoms, but you could still have coronavirus and spread it.

“We know it can be difficult, with pressures from work and the people who rely on us – but help is available if you are struggling. To keep both mind and body healthy during self-isolation, it’s helpful to keep a routine, regularly call or message your family and friends, and exercise in your home or garden – if you feel well enough.”

The self-isolation quiz will be available to complete online between 1-15 December at https://nhs.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=160640086329.

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