After you have been tested
While waiting for your test and results you should remain at home and self-isolated.
Anyone else in your household should self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms of COVID-19 and if they develop symptoms during that time, they should self isolate for 10 days after their first symptom.
For example: on the day you first show symptoms you should isolate for 10 days and your household members should also start self-isolating. If one household member then develops symptoms on day 4 of self-isolation, they should continue to self-isolate for an additional 10 days (a total of 14 days) to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
If anyone in the household becomes unwell during the 14 day period, they should arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. If their test result is positive, they must follow the same advice for people with COVID-19 symptoms – that is, after 10 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste – they can also return to their normal routine. However, if their test result is negative, they must continue with isolation as part of the household for the full 14 days.
How to self isolate
Self-isolation is when you stay at home because you have or might have COVID-19. You should avoid contact with other members of your household as much as possible. This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.
You should self-isolate if you have:
- any symptoms of coronavirus
- been tested and are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
- tested positive for a current COVID-19 infection– this means you have coronavirus
- been living with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive for a current COVID-19 infection
- someone in your support bubble with symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive for a current COVID-19 infection
- been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a person with a positive COVID-19 test.
If you are self-isolating because of COVID-19 and experience difficulties where you need support like accessing food or non-medical supplies, please contact Barnet Community Hub or call the free helpline on 0808 281 3210 open Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.
If you experience financial difficulties or need to access statutory sick pay please visit the HMRC web pages.
You may also be able to get a Test and Trace Support payment
Caring for yourself and family whilst self isolating (PDF 255 Kb)
You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to provide a list of all your possible contacts. Contacts are anyone who has been in contact with you up to 48 hours before their first symptoms, spent longer than 15 minutes within 2 metres distance and not wearing adequate Personal Protective Equipment.
Ending household isolation
After 10 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has symptoms other than a cough or loss of sense of smell / taste they can return to their normal routine.
If you live with others, then everyone else in the household who remains well should end their isolation after 14 days. This 14-day period starts from the day the first person in the household became ill. People in the household who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.
At the end of the 14-day period, anyone in the household who has not become unwell can return to their normal routine.
For more information on this visit the governments Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Will I only need to self-isolate once?
Not necessarily. Given the risks of exposure to different people with COVID-19 you could be asked to isolate on more than one occasion.