Self-isolation and Household Isolation

Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends and others. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or may already be infected. Staying at home will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

It’s very important that you stay at home (self-isolate) if:

  • you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • you’ve had a positive test result – if your test result is negative you can end self-isolation, otherwise you must self-isolate for 10 days
  • someone you live with has symptoms but has not yet been tested or received their test result

Additional advise from the NHS is available here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Get a test if you have symptoms | NHS inform

If you have been advised by Test & Protect that you are a close contact or you live in a household with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you must self isolate and book a PCR test (or a home testing kit) as soon as possible. You can end self-isolation if all of the following apply;

  • you are fully vaccinated – this means you’ve received 2 doses from the NHS and have had your second dose more than 14 days ago
  • you have received a negative PCR test
  • you do not develop COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms develop at any stage, you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test, in line with existing arrangements

People who test positive must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or from the date of the positive test if displaying no symptoms.

If you’re a close contact or household contact and you’ve tested positive for coronavirus in the last 90 days, you do not have to self-isolate or book a test if you’re fully vaccinated unless you develop new symptoms.

Health & Social Care Staff

If you work in Health & Social Care and have a positive LFD result prior to starting work each day ( up until day 10 following the day of the last exposure) you must book a PCR test and if it is negative you can end self-isolation as long as none of the other criteria applies

Non Vaccinated Staff

Staff who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 days and book a test (or order a home testing kit) if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive or lives in a household with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms. Even if the PCR test is negative you must complete the self-isolation period. If you develop symptoms, restart you self isolation form the date your symptoms started and arrange a test.

If you are a household contact of the person that tested positive, or has symptoms, the 10 days self-isolation is from the date they tested positive or developed symptoms.

If you are a close contact but do not live with the person who tested positive, the 10 days self isolation if from the date you last saw them.

Additional advise from the NHS is available here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection | NHS inform

If you are self-isolating at home for 10 days for any of the reasons outlined above you shouldn’t go to work, school or public areas. You should avoid close contact with others by:

  • avoiding having visitors
  • not using taxis or public transport
  • asking a friend or neighbour to get your shopping or arranging for a delivery to be left at your door
  • not sharing towels, clothes, toothbrushes or razors you should also avoid kissing/having sex

Additional advice from the NHS is available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/

Updated on 30th August 2021

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