Household Self-Isolation

The council’s Public Health teams have been made aware of conflicting advice been given out to the public, and how long households should isolate.

We know it is complex and there are always exceptions to the rule.  However we have been asked by public health to share the guidance again across Health and Care. The main principles are:

If someone gets symptoms you must self-isolate for 10 days (and book a test) and the rest of the household must isolate for 14 days.

If someone else in the household develops symptoms during the 14 days they will need to book a test and self-isolate for a further 10 days from the start of the symptoms, until they feel well.

Other people in the household can stop-self-isolating if they don’t develop symptoms after the 14 day self-isolation period (even if other people in the household are self-isolating / have symptoms.

If someone tests negative, they can stop self-isolating when they feel well and the rest of the household can stop self-isolating as long as no-one else develops symptoms.

If you still have a temperature after 10 days you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you have a cough or a loss of taste and smell, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ‘Ending Isolation’ section for more information: _