Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus.
If you have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus you must self-isolate for 10 days.
Self-isolation prevents you from passing on the virus to your loved ones, the people you work with, your neighbours and your community.
Anybody in your household could need to self-isolate with little warning so have a plan in place in case.
When to self-isolate
Self-isolate immediately if:
- you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- you've tested positive for coronavirus
- someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
- someone in your support bubble has symptoms and you’ve been in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started
- someone in your support bubble tested positive and you’ve been in close contact with them since they had the test or in the 48 hours before their test
- you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
How long to self-isolate
- If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.
- Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time.
- You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.
Help and support while you are self-isolating
- you can get help with everyday tasks, like collecting shopping or medicines. Please contact the Customer Hub (Mon-Fri) on 0115 915 5555 and they will help you get practical support from local voluntary and community organisations
- If you have been told by the NHS to self-isolate, either because you have tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to some financial support during your self-isolation period.