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What is Self Isolation

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps stop the virus spreading to other people. Self-isolation is different to:

  • social distancing – general advice for everyone to avoid close contact with other people
  • shielding – advice for people at high risk from coronavirus

 

Self-isolate immediately if:

 

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

 

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

 

While you're self-isolating you can get help with everyday tasks, like collecting shopping or medicines, from an NHS volunteer. Tell us if you need our help whilst self-isolating.

If you know someone who should be self isolating who are not following government guidance, therefore putting others at risk you can report self-isolating breaches using the below link.
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