Be Winter Well: Covid update - information and advice 3 January 2022

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Be Winter Well

Covid Update: Information and Advice

Over recent weeks there has been a number of changes to guidance which may have caused some confusion, especially while you were enjoying the festive period.

Below is a quick guide to the main things you need to know:

I am feeling generally unwell but don’t have any of the three main symptoms of cough, temperature or loss of taste of smell – am I okay to go to work / school? 

Although the three main symptoms do remain a good indicator, while community transmission is so high we would recommend that anybody feeling ‘generally unwell’ uses a Lateral Flow Test. If that is positive then you should self isolate and organise for a PCR test.

Somebody I live with has tested positive, can I still go to work / school?

  • Vaccinated persons and children: Any person aged under 18 years and 6 months and / or fully vaccinated do not need to isolate if they are well, however you are strongly advised to take a Lateral Flow Test every day for 7 days, before leaving the house. 
  • People who are not fully vaccinated: Any person not fully vaccinated and living in the same household as someone with COVID-19 are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate.

What if I do not have any LFTs available? 

If you are living with somebody who is positive (or have been identified as a close contact) but do not have any LFTs to hand, we would advise that you either order some online immediately or ask a friend to collect from a local pharmacy (reminder you no longer need a code to do this).

Until you have access to an LFT we would recommend that you self-isolate as a precaution.

I have tested positive, how long do I have to isolate for? 

The self-isolation advice for people with Covid-19 has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day.

For further information on how to access support during isolation, please visit:

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