Self-isolation is when you stay at home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).
This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.
Self-isolation is different to:
You must NOT leave your home if you're self-isolating:
If you have symptoms, the 10 days starts from when they started.
If you have not had symptoms, the 10 days starts from when you had the test. But if you get symptoms after your test, self-isolate for a further 10 days from when your symptoms start.
You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if either:
Keep self-isolating if you have any of these symptoms after 10 days:
Only stop self-isolating when these symptoms have gone.
If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.
This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.
The 14 days starts from:
You can stop self-isolating after 14 days if you do not get any symptoms.
If your test is negative, you should keep self-isolating for the rest of the 14 days.
If your test is positive, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. This might mean you're self-isolating for longer than 14 days overall.
To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should try to avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with. This is called social distancing.
If you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children, you can meet with 1 other household without social distancing. This is called a support bubble.
You must ensure that you are practising social distancing where possible - staying 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone outside of your household (or anyone not in your support bubble).
Last updated: August 25, 2020
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