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