Do not leave home if you, or someone you live with, has any of the following symptoms:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
If you have symptoms, self-isolate and book a test to check if you have Coronavirus (COVID-19) as soon as possible. The test needs to be done within the first five days of having symptoms.
You may want to tell people you’ve been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You must self-isolate if:
- you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- you’re waiting for a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result
- you’ve tested positive – this means you have Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- you live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive
- you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service and advised that you need to self-isolate
- someone in your support bubble has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive
- you have travelled into the UK from abroad and are quarantining.
Read more about how long to self-isolate.
Self-isolation is different to:
Social distancing – general advice for everyone to avoid close contact with other people
Shielding – advice for people at extremely high risk from Coronavirus (COVID-19) to stay at home to avoid getting the virus.
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