Latest Government advice March 2022:
The key points of the updated UKHSA guidance are as follows:
What to do if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19:
- For those aged over 18 years old: Anyone who has symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and has a high temperature or does not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, is advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they no longer have a high temperature (if they had one) or until they no longer feel unwell. Please note that employees can self-certify for a period of sick leave that is 7 days or less in total.
- Children and young people aged 18 years and under: Those with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
What to do if you have a positive COVID-19 test result:
- For those aged over 18 years old: Anyone who has a positive COVID-19 test result, is advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day they took the test.
- Children and young people aged 18 years and under: It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional. If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day that they took the test. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Do not leave your home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Lots of useful information and helpful resources available from the NHS