New self-isolation guidance – what to do if you’re a close contact of someone with coronavirus
1 September 2021
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