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Living with COVID

COVID-19 continues to spread on the Island. The risk of catching the virus increases when cases are high.

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or feel unwell, please try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Only get back to your normal activities when you feel well enough and you no longer have a high temperature.

If you have a positive COVID-19 test result you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days (or three days for young people aged 18 and under). This is when you are most infectious.

Read the latest government information about protecting yourself from COVID-19.


There are a few things to consider to help you live with COVID-19. They include:

  • Getting fully vaccinated. Get up to date information about the COVID-19 vaccination on the NHS website
  • Keep washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more
  • Ventilation is still vital. Meet outside and let fresh air in if you meet inside
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces
  • Remember good hygiene basics. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Get help if you need it. Contact the Isle of Wight COVID-19 helpline on 01983 823600 or email on
  • If you have symptoms or confirmed COVID-19 the advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. If possible, don’t go to work if you are ill
  • If you have symptoms, avoid close contact with anyone who might be at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell.
  • If you feel unwell (not just COVID symptoms), stay at home and protect friends, family and the community from illness

If you’ve been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, please read the NHS advice.

Medical help

If you are feeling unwell speak to your local pharmacist and visit NHS 111 online for medical advice. Call NHS 111 first and only call 999 if it is a serious or life-threatening condition or injury.

This video from Dr Simon Giles from The Bay Medical Practice gives some tips for treating COVID-19 at home. 

COVID-19 business advice

Get COVID-19 information for businesses from our Environmental Health team. 

COVID-19 data

You can find statistics on COVID-19 infection on these websites:

The ONS COVID-19 infection survey. This provides data and trends in COVID-19 infection at national and regional level. It uses a random sample of the population and because of this is less impacted by changes in testing policy.
The government COVID-19 dashboard. This provides data on cases, as well as hospitalisations and deaths on the Island. 

Our Public Health team continues to review publicly available sources of information to understand the national, regional and local picture of COVID-19.

We continue to work with partner organisations like UKHSA, NHS and other local authorities. This makes sure we’re able to escalate our actions if needed.

Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (

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