When to self-isolate
Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You should also self-isolate straight away if:
Students who are self-isolating should visit our information for students page for details of how to report that they are self-isolating and support available.
Staff who are self-isolating should visit our information for staff page for details of how to report that they are self-isolating and support available.
When do you not need to self-isolate
If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
- you're under 18 years, 6 months old
- you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:
If you live in the same household as someone with Covid-19 and you meet at least one of the above criteria, you can take daily lateral flow tests for seven days instead of self-isolating.
For the latest guidance on when to self-isolate and for how long, visit the Government website.
Self-isolation guidance for households with a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19
Self-isolation guidance for contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19 who you do not live with
Guidance on testing instead of self-isolating if you are fully vaccinated
For further information about how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 visit the Government website.