Coronavirus: People with possible or confirmed infection must self-isolate


The British government released a new guidance on the 28th of September for people who have received a positive test result of COVID-19, those with symptoms of COVID-19 and are waiting for a test result and people living in household with someone who shows symptoms or has received a positive test result for COVID-19.

According to the new guidance, people with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 must avoid going to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but self-isolate for at least 10 days from the day the symptoms started and arrange to have a test for COVID-19.

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19, must self-isolate for at least 10 days from the day the test was taken. In case the symptoms were developed during the isolation period, the 10-day isolation must be restarted from the day the symptoms were developed.

People with a positive test result for COVID-19 and those contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate who do not stay home and self-isolate may be fined.

People who are still feverish after 10 days should remain in isolation and consult a doctor. You do not need to isolate yourself after 10 days if you have only a cough or a loss of smell or taste. as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection subsides.

In case the infected person lives with family or friends, all residents of the household must adhere to isolation for 14 days from the day the first person in the household became ill. If there are no symptoms, the quarantine should count from the day the test was performed. If anyone else in the household begins to show symptoms, they should be at home for at least 10 days from the time the symptoms appear, regardless of the day they were in the original 14-day isolation period.

The government warns that people with symptoms should stay as far away from other members of their household as possible, and it is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable.

To know more: Coronavirus update: How to self-isolate in 5 steps

source: gov.uk website

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