When should employees self-isolate and/or get tested for Covid-19?

As cases of Coronavirus are increasing it is important to understand when employees should self-isolate and when they need to get tested.

When to self-isolate

You must 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
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk

When to get a test

Get a test as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus.

The test needs to be done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

How long to self-isolate

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for Coronavirus, you’ll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

You’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

If you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

Stay at home for 14 days

If you’re told to self-isolate because you’ve been in contact with a person who has Coronavirus:

  • self-isolate for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – as it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear

If you get symptoms of Coronavirus

If you get any symptoms of Coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) while you’re self-isolating:

  • get a test to check if you have Coronavirus as soon as possible
  • If you test negative keep self-isolating for the rest of the 14 days from when you were last in contact with the person who has Coronavirus
  • If you test positive self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started – even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days

If you do not get symptoms of Coronavirus

If you do not get any symptoms of Coronavirus while self-isolating:

  • you can stop self-isolating after 14 days
  • you do not need to have a test

Please visit the links below if you’re not sure whether to self-isolate or get a test:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

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