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Coronavirus: Be prepared in case you need to self-isolate

Related topics: Coronavirus / Health

The prospect of staying at home for any prolonged period can seem overwhelming.

It’s the topic that’s crossed everyone’s mind. How am I going to stay sane during self-isolation?!

Here’s our guide to staying fit and healthy – both physically and mentally.

You do not need to stockpile items 

We all remember the Great Toilet Paper shortage earlier this year. Stockpiling enough loo roll to last you a year isn’t probably the sensible thing to do. Supermarkets will have plenty of stock of your favourite items.

But do book an online shop

Online grocery shopping surged during lockdown, but it is now a lot easier to book a slot. If you’re having to self-isolate, it’s worth booking a regular slot at your local supermarket.

If you’re not so tech savvy, see if you can call upon a friend or family member to do your weekly shop.

Ordering prescriptions

During the coronavirus pandemic the NHS Prescription Ordering Direct has provided a way to order your repeat prescription.

As with your food shop, please don’t stockpile medicines and only order what you need.

For patients registered with a Shropshire GP practice they can also email: shropshire.pod@nhs.net

Further info on the POD service can be found here


If your pet is staying with you, try to minimise your contact as much as possible (just like with other people in the household) – unfortunately, this means no snuggling or cuddling until you are better! We understand this might be difficult, so if there is another person in your household or a friend without symptoms, it might be best for them to take over the day-to-day care of your pet while you are ill.

PDSA have some great advice for pet owners.

Healthy body and mind

Whether you’re into aerobic exercise, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga, need some mobility exercises or just want a quick 10 minutes, there’s a video for you!

We have lots more pages of advice and support for your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, which are all available from our website

Download the  Self Isolation Checklist

Remember you are not alone. For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.