Self-isolation is when you stay at home because you have or might have COVID-19. This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.
You should not leave your house and should stay at home if:
If you are self-isolating, do NOT:
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should ask for a test. Getting tested will help you find out if you and anyone you live with can stop self-isolating. Find out how to request a test here.
In England if you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace by email, text or phone who will ask where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you'll need to self-isolate for at least ten days from when your symptoms began.
After ten days, you can stop self-isolating if:
After ten days, you should continue to self isolate if you still have any of these symptoms:
Only stop self-isolating when these symptoms have gone.
You may be able to stop self isolating earlier if you receive a negative COVID-19 test result. Find out more here
If you live with someone or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.
If more than one person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.
If you get symptoms, self-isolate for seven days from when your symptoms start, even if it means you're self-isolating for longer than 14 days and ask for a COVID-19 test.
If you do not get symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to follow the following steps:
For more information visit the NHS website here