Self-isolation: what do I need to know?

Overview

You might be told to self-isolate but are unsure of what will be required of you. In this article, we summarise guidance from the NHS on self-isolation and the steps to take.

What is self-isolation?

The NHS explains that self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus. This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

You must self-isolate immediately if:

How to self-isolate?

You must not leave your home if you’re self-isolating.

  • Do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

When to get a test?

Get a test as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of coronavirus. The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

The test needs to be done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

You do not need to get a test if you have no symptoms or if you have different symptoms.

How long do I need to self-isolate?

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you’ll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days. You’ll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • Someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
  • Someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • You’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

Read more about how long to self-isolate.

If you are currently self-isolating and are concerned about returning to school you can contact us for further support and advice.

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