Extended self-isolation for those with COVID-19 symptoms
The government has extended the self-isolation period, for people who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus, or a positive test result, to 10 days (from 7 days).
Those showing symptoms of COVID-19 are most infectious just before, and for the first few days after symptoms begin. It is very important people with symptoms self-isolate and get a test, which will allow contact tracing.
The main symptoms to look out for are:
• High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• New, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
• Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If feel you have symptoms and need to arrange a test, please do so through the NHS Test and Trace Service (external link).
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