Coronavirus: Self-Isolation Guidance

 

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The self Isolation guidance has changed. 

Self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell) - please get a test as soon as possible
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus - this means you have coronavirus
  • someone you live with has symptoms or has tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms and you have been in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started
  • someone in your bubble tested positive and you've been in close contact with them since they had the test or in the 48 hours before their test
  • you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app

Coronavirus: Self-Isolation Guidance

 

What is a support bubble?

A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from 1 other household.

Find out more about meeting people from outside your household on GOV.UK.

There is separate advice if you're told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in contact with a person with coronavirus.

 

How long to self-isolate

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time.  They can stop self-isolating at the end of the 10 days if they do not develop symptoms.

You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if either:

  • your symptoms have gone
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these symptoms can last for weeks after the infection has gone

Keep self-isolating if you still have any of these symptoms after the 10 days:

  • a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery
  • a runny nose or sneezing
  • feeling or being sick
  • diarrhoea

Only stop self-isolating when these symptoms have gone.

If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.

You may be able to stop self-isolating earlier than 10 days if you get a negative test result (you do not have coronavirus).

Find out what your coronavirus test result means.

 

If You Do Not Have Symptoms of Coronavirus

Self-isolate for 10 days if:

  • you live with someone who has symptoms, has tested positive or is waiting for a test result
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms, has tested positive or is waiting for a test result

If you live with them, the 10 days starts from when the first person in your home started having symptoms.

If they are in your support bubble, the 10 days starts from the last time you saw the person who has symptoms.

You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if you do not get any symptoms.

If you get symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolate and ask for a coronavirus test. This might mean you're self-isolating for longer than 10 days.

Find out what your coronavirus test result means.

 

What To Do After You Stop Self-Isolating

You can leave your home when you stop self-isolating.

Follow the general advice about social distancing, such as staying at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people.

If you're at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), follow the advice for people at high risk from coronavirus.

If you're a health or care worker, check with your employer before going back to work.

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