You should use towels separate from other household members, both to dry after bathing or showering, and to dry your hands. Keep your room well ventilated by opening a window to the outside. When we contact people to advise them to get tested or self-isolate (or both), we do not share your identity with them. But if you have alerted them when you first develop symptoms or when you get your test result, they will be better prepared for the advice we give them. Self-isolation is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of the virus and protect our friends and family, our community and the NHS. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive, or have been told that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, self-isolation is the only way to ensure that you are not transmitting COVID-19 to others. If you are asked to self-isolate, you must do so immediately. Find out what support you can get if you are affected by COVID-19. You may be eligible for a £500 payment from your local authority under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. If you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been asked to self-isolate, you may also be eligible for this payment.
If you are testing because you are a close contact and are not exempt from self-isolation (see exceptions below) and you have been informed by NHS Test and Trace that you are legally obliged to self-isolate, you will need to self-isolate pending your test result, and you must continue to do so if you have a negative result. This is because you could still become infectious during the 10-day isolation period. If your test is positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you were tested if you had no symptoms) and the next 10 full days. Follow these tips until the household member who is sick with COVID-19 reaches the end of their self-isolation period. You can end isolation unless NHS Test and Trace has informed you that you are required by law to self-isolate. Anyone in your household who is self-isolating because of your symptoms can also stop self-isolating. You may need to quarantine yourself if you come to England from abroad. Check the quarantine rules when you enter England on GOV.UK If you are isolated due to a positive test result, but have not had any symptoms and develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your isolation period, start a new isolation period from the day your symptoms begin. The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is always available to support those in need. Volunteers can collect and deliver groceries, medications and other important supplies, and also make friendly phone calls on a regular basis. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week for referral or visit NHS Volunteer Responders for more information.
There may also be other volunteer or community services in your area that you can access for support. If you have participated or are currently participating in a COVID-19 (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, or if you can prove that you cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons, you do not need to self-isolate, but you must follow the daily testing instructions above. It is a legal obligation to self-isolate if NHS Test and Trace requests it. You could be fined if you don`t self-isolate. If someone isolates themselves, keep a window in their room slightly open and keep the door closed to reduce the spread of contaminated air to other parts of the house. If the person isolating must use a common area in the home, such as the kitchen or other living spaces, while other people are present, keep these spaces well ventilated, for example by opening windows while the person isolating is in the common area and for a short time after leaving. If you can`t pick up your prescription medications because you`re self-isolating, a free medication delivery service is available. First, ask if your friends, family or volunteers can collect medication for you. If your friends and family are unable to pick up your medication for you and you or the pharmacy are unable to arrange a volunteer under the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme, you are entitled to free delivery of medicines.
If you entered England from abroad, you may also need to self-isolate, but you will need to follow separate instructions for travelling from another country to England during COVID-19. Contacts are not required by law to self-isolate, regardless of vaccination status, if they are under the age of 18. If you are 18 years old, it is recommended that you be treated in the same way as people under 18 years of age until the age of 18 years and 6 months so that you have time to be fully vaccinated. Even if your employer or agency doesn`t have a policy, it`s a good idea to tell them and self-isolate so you don`t spread the coronavirus to the people you work with. If you don`t feel comfortable, you are not expected to be at work. You should isolate yourself and get tested with lateral flow tests. If you are notified by NHS Test and Trace of a positive test result, you will need to complete a period of self-isolation. Your isolation period begins immediately as soon as your symptoms appear or, if you have no symptoms, from the time your positive LFD or PCR test was performed, whichever test was done first. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was done if you don`t have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.