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Self-Isolation Help and Guidance

 

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After my Coronavirus test?

Isolation PeriodIt is important that you go straight home and that you and members of your household do not go out while you await your test result.

If you need essential supplies then please check the ‘help and support’ section below.

 
If I test positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive for coronavirus you need to self-isolate for at least 10 days. All members of your household must also self-isolate for 10 days.

The 10 days start from when your symptoms started. If you have not had symptoms, the 10 days start from when you had the test.
 
It’s a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.
 
Find more information, guidance and advice:
www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus
 

Self-isolation
Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

If you are self-isolating you must:
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not go on public transport or use taxis
  • not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring
  • it to your home
  • not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one
 
When can I stop isolating?
 
You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if either:
  • you do not have any symptoms
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone
  • Keep self-isolating if you feel unwell, consider contacting your GP or
  • NHS 111 if you have not already done so.
 
Have you been identified as a contact?
Symptomatic testing for Coronavirus is for those who are showing signs of having the virus. If you aren’t showing symptoms but have already be notified by the NHS as a contact of someone who tested positive, you must self-isolate for the full 10 day period as required.
 
Receiving a negative test does not end your isolation period as a contact – please remain at home and do not go to work. Refer to the support section of this leaflet if you need support during your isolation period.
 
Help and Support while you’re staying at home
Health and SupportHealth and Support
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  1. Download our self-isolation guidance leaflet here, as pictured above


Useful Links
 
GOV.uk Self-Isolation Guidance
 
Activities for families during self-isolation
 
Creating a family routine during self-isolation
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