New Isolation Guidance

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From today, 17 January, self-isolation guidance for people who test positive for COVID-19 in the South Hams and the rest of England has changed.
People can leave self-isolation after five full days if they test negative on days 5 and 6.

The Government guidance is as follows:

How long you need to self-isolate

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started.

When to stop self-isolating

You can do a rapid lateral flow test from day 5 of your self-isolation period (but not before) and another test the next day. You can stop self-isolating if:

  • both tests are negative
  • you do not have a high temperature

Report your test result after each test.

You should stop testing after you’ve had 2 negative test results in a row.

If you stop self-isolating on or after day 6, it's important that you take steps to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 to others. This means you should:

You can stop self-isolating after the 10 days if either:

  • you do not have any symptoms
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone.

You do not need to do any more rapid lateral flow tests after day 10 of your self-isolation period.

When to keep self-isolating after 10 days

If you have a high temperature after the 10 days, or are feeling unwell, keep self-isolating and seek medical advice.

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