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.
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.
You can download an NHS COVID-19 app which will allow you to report symptoms, order a test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and help the NHS trace people that may have COVID-19.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, in England, you'll need to self-isolate for at least seven days from when your symptoms began and ten days in Wales. People in England are able to end quarantine after seven days instead of ten by providing negative lateral flow results on day six and day seven of their quarantine. This guidance applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more here.
After seven/ten days, you can stop self-isolating if:
After seven/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.
If you live with someone or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, you'll need to self-isolate if you have not been fully vaccinated. If you have been fully vaccinated and a PCR test confirms you are negative you may not need to self-isolate. You should follow the guidance on self isolation from the NHS.
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 ten days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to follow the following steps:
For more information visit the NHS website here