COVID-19: self-isolation

Self-Isolation helps stop coronavirus spreading

Do not leave your home if you have symptoms of coronavirus or live with someone who does

Symptoms of Coronavirus

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anosmia – loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Guidance:

  • Do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine order them by phone or online or ask someone to drop them to your home
  • Do not have any visitors to your home
  • You can use your garden if you have one
  • If you have symptoms you need to self-isolate for 10 days.

After 10 days:

  • If you do not have a high temperature you do not need to self-isolate
  • If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.
  • You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 10 days. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone

If you live with someone who has symptoms:

  • You need to self-isolate for 10 days from the day their symptoms started
  • If you do not get symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 10 days

Self-isolation after you have been double vaccinated:

  • If you or a member of your household has symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days following government guidance
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you can continue to work in England if you:
    • Are fully vaccinated and had your second dose 14 days prior to exposure
    • Are asymptomatic and in possession of a valid vaccination record
    • Obtain a negative PCR test
    • You record daily LFT for the 10 days after exposure
    • Fully comply with any PPE requirements, hand hygiene and other infection control measures
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you can continue to work in Wales if you are fully vaccinated and had your second dose 14 days prior to exposure

Stay up to date with the latest NHS advice here.