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Self-isolation advice for Fellows

What is self-isolation?

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.

While this advice does not preclude people who are self-isolating from leaving their home for exercise once per day, the College community reasonably expects that students with symptoms will remain indoors to minimise the risk of infection to those around them.

Do I need to self-isolate?

Self-isolate 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 – this means you have coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive* 
  • you're told by the College/University or NHS Test and Trace that you've been in contact with a person with COVID-19*

* From 16 August, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

However, all close contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate (for a 10-day period), regardless of their age or vaccination status.

If these exemptions apply, Fellows living with/having close contact with someone with symptoms/a positive test result (but with no symptoms yourself) are advised to:

  • Take a PCR test (which you can request by using the Government’s online order form) as soon as possible to check if you carry the virus
  • Ensure that the College is aware of the situation: residential Fellows are asked to inform covid19@caths.cam.ac.uk, and all other Fellows are asked to contact Maxine Flynn, HR Manager (hr.manager@caths.cam.ac.uk)
  • Avoid coming to College/using our facilities if until you receive a negative PCR test result.

Anyone who tests positive following a PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age, in order to break onward chains of transmission.