What is 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.
When to isolate
2. You have tested positive for COVID-19
3. You have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19*
4. Someone you live with has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19*
When you do not need to self-isolate
*As of 16 August, you will no longer be required to self-isolate after close contact with a positive case of Covid-19 if you are not showing symptoms and if;
- you are fully vaccinated (14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS).
- you are under 18.
In addition, those who have been part of an official vaccine trial or cannot have the vaccine for medical reasons will no longer need to self-isolate if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19.
Even if you do not have symptoms and are fully vaccinated you will be advised, as now, to take a PCR test as soon as possible, to find out if you have the virus and you may also want to consider:
- limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
- wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
- limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
- taking part in regular LFD testing
The following groups are still required to self-isolate, should they be identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result:
- Those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination
- Those who have not received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination
- Those who have received their second dose within the last 14 days
- Those who have tested positive following a PCR test
- Those who have been fully vaccinated and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms (ahead of getting a PCR test).
For more information about self-isolation see Self-isolation and treating coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms - NHS (www.nhs.uk)