When should I self-isolate and for how long?

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Coronavirus updates

Coronavirus update

Self-isolation is essential to reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), as it breaks the chains of transmission. Below we have a handy-guide on when to isolate and for how long. 

self-isolation GIF
  • If you develop symptoms
  • If you test positive
  • If you are told you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • If you have been contacted by the Test and Trace service
  • If you live in a household where others (including children) develop symptoms, or they have tested positive
  • If you have been sent home and told to self-isolate as part of a bubble. Other household members do not need to self-isolate unless someone in the household develops symptoms or tests positive

Help and support while you're staying at home

While you're self-isolating:

  • you can get help with everyday tasks, like collecting shopping or medicines, from an NHS volunteer
  • you might be able to get sick pay or other types of financial support if you're not able to work

Find out about help and financial support while you're self-isolating.

COVID-19 health advice

Watch out for vaccine scams

Unfortunately some criminals are taking advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud.

The most important point to remember is that the vaccine is free of charge.

The NHS will never:

  • ask you for your bank account or card details
  • ask you for your PIN or banking password
  • arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

Find out more and how to report issues on the Action Fraud website.

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