Update 20th of March
There are currently two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the Isle of Man.
We are now in the delay phase of our response to COVID-19.
This entails significant changes to how we identify and manage potential cases of COVID-19.
From today the public are being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases.
Anyone showing mild symptoms such as:
- a continuous cough
- high temperature
Should now self-isolate for seven days.
The geographic element of the case definition has now been removed.
Travel and contact history are no longer important for diagnosis, which is on the basis of symptoms alone.
If people who have travelled DO NOT have symptoms they DO NOT need to stay at home, regardless of their travel history.
What to do if you have symptoms – from Public Health
Stay at home for 14 days if you have either:
- a high temperature – fever more than 37.8
- a NEW continuous cough
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Medication – prescriptions will be sent to your chosen chemist do not collect from surgery , we are trying to reduce the footfall in the Practice
You DO NOT NEED to contact your GP or MEDs to tell them you’re staying at home.
Emergency Warning signs
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your GP or MEDS Out of Hours service for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. Please contact by telephone.
Stay at Home Guidelines – self isolation
This advice is intended for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), WHO MUST remain at home until they are well.
The main messages are:
- By staying at home this action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure you can successfully stay at home
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
- sleep alone, if possible
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
- stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
- you do not need to call your GP/MEDS to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 14 days, contact your GP/MEDS. For a medical emergency dial 999.