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.
Do I need to self-isolate?
If you experience (even mild) symptoms, please follow the advice below:
If you have no symptoms but a positive lateral flow test (LFT), please follow the advice below:
If you are self-isolating due to scenario 1 or 2, please follow the advice below:
The above diagrams are available to download in PDF format, which may be helpful for users with screen-readers.
What do I do if I'm a close contact?
If you are in the same household as/recently stayed overnight with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (LFT or PCR):
- Ensure that the College is aware of the situation:
- Follow all the steps advised by the Government for 10 days after the day symptoms started for the person you live/stayed with (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms):
- Minimise contact with the person who has COVID-19
- Work from home if you can
- Avoid contact with anyone you know who is at higher risk of becoming severely unwell if they are infected with COVID-19, especially those with a severely weakened immune system
- Limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces
- Wear a well-fitting face covering made with multiple layers or a surgical face mask in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces and where you are in close contact with other people
- Pay close attention to the main symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop any of these symptoms, order a PCR test. You are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while you are waiting for your test result
SCENARIO 5: You are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (LFT or PCR) but they are not in your household and you didn’t stay overnight with them
- If you are a contact of someone with COVID-19 but do not live with them or did not stay in their household overnight, you are at lower risk of becoming infected.
- You can contact College for advice:
- Carefully follow the guidance on Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.
- Consider telling potential visitors to your household what has happened (while respecting the privacy of the affected person) in case they prefer to reschedule.