How to self-isolate

An Easy Read guide about how to stay safe and keep others safe from COVID-19.

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Self-isolation means you don’t:


  • leave your home





  • see other people.


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This helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

How to self-isolate


You should only leave your home:


  • to go to a doctor or hospital
  • because of an emergency.


While you self-isolate you should not have any visitors.

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But you can still let people who give you care and support into your home.

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The people who give you care and support should wear a mask.


While you self-isolate you should:


  • stay in the same room most of the time
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  • clean things you touch after you use them
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  • use a separate bathroom if you can
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  • only use your own towels.
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Wherever possible, wear a mask if you are 
with other people.

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You should wash your hands:

  • with soap and water
  • for at least 20 seconds.
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You should wash your hands after you:

  • use the toilet
  • cough
  • sneeze
  • take off gloves or masks
  • prepare or eat food
  • touch your face.
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If you can't wash your hands, you can use hand sanitiser.


You should also keep in touch with your:

  • carers and family members
  • friends.

Get more information



You can find more information about self-isolation online.

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You can call the National Coronavirus 
Helpline to get more information about 

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You can also call Service NSW about support 
from the NSW Government during COVID-19.

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You can call us:



  • 24 hours a day
  • 7 days a week.


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You can use the National Relay Service if you:

  • are deaf
  • have a hearing or speech impairment.

You can call the National Relay Service on 

133 677

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