New self-isolation guidance - what to do if you’re a close contact of someone with coronavirus

The Government’s advice about self-isolation has changed, and you no longer need to self-isolate in certain situations - find out more.

When you need to self-isolate

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve taken a Lateral Flow test (LFT) and the result is positive, you must self-isolate at your current address and order a PCR test to be sent to your home, or arrange an appointment for a PCR test at a walk-through or drive-through site. If your test is positive you should continue to self-isolate in line with NHS guidance. Find out more about reporting cases and support available if you’re isolating.

You should also self-isolate if you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for the virus, or are identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace, the NHS COVID-19 app or UCL Connect to Protect team, unless the following applies:

When you don’t need to self-isolate

If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus or who has been confirmed to have coronavirus - or if you’re identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app - you don’t need to self-isolate if:

  • You are fully vaccinated - i.e. 14 days or more have passed since your second dose of the vaccine given by the NHS.
  • You are under 18 years and 6 months old
  • You are taking part in, or have taken part in, a COVID vaccine trial
  • You are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you should still order a PCR test to ensure that you do not have coronavirus, and ensure that you’re following guidance to avoid catching and spreading the virus.

  • Read the self-isolation guidance in full on the NHS website

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