When should I be isolating and what do I need to do?

Because guidelines are always evolving, please take a look at the latest information about self-isolating from the NHS website.

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

When should I be isolating?

You must self-isolate immediately if:

How do I self Isolate?

The Do NOTs:

  • 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

When should I get a test?

Get a test as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.

The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

The test needs to be done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

You do not need to get a test if you have no symptoms or if you have different symptoms.

How do I get a test?

You can call 119 to enquire about getting a test.

To arrange a test online, click on the link below:

  • https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

How long should I be isolating for?

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

Read more about how long to self-isolate.