You can still reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by staying at home if you’re unwell. Stay at home until you feel better and reduce the risk that you will pass on an illness to your friends, colleagues, and others in your community.
If you have coronavirus symptoms, you are advised to follow the national advice on how to stay safe and help reduce the spread.
From 1 April 2022, symptomatic and asymptomatic testing will continue in some high-risk settings and for some in groups considered at high risk of serious illness if infected with COVID-19. Follow this link to see if you may be eligible.
To help reduce the spread, people testing positive are advised to stay home for five days and avoid contact with anyone, including those who live in the same household. The first five days is when you are most infectious.
If you are unable to stay at home, you are strongly advised to:
- limit close contact with other people, including those in your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces
- wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces and where you are in close contact with other people
- limit contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19
You can find out more about when to self-isolate, treating symptoms of coronavirus, and help and support when self-isolating on the NHS website.