Coronavirus self-isolation

I’ve been told to self-isolate. What do I need to do?

If you have been advised to self-isolate, then you MUST NOT leave your home.

You need to isolate because you have either received a positive COVID-19 test result or you have been in contact with someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test result.

It is important that you stay at home so that you are not putting other people at risk or spreading the virus.

Self-isolation Advice Pack

Please visit the link below if you wish to read the pack as a pdf brochure, alternatively scroll down for the web page version.

Self-isolation Pack from 16 Aug front cover of brochure

Self-isolation Pack from 16 August 2021
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Do I need to self-isolate?

Your 10-day self-isolation will start after:

If you have tested positive for Covid-19, your 10 day self-isolation will start:

  • The day that your symptoms started  - if you had any
  • The day you tested positive if you did not have any symptoms

If you have been told you are a close contact of somebody who is positive for Covid-19, your 10 day self-isolation will start:

  • The day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive for Covid-19 – you will be told this by NHS Test and Trace via a phone call, text or on the NHS Covid-19 App

If you live with somebody who has tested positive:

  • The person who tests positive should isolate for 10 days and:
    • Stay in a room away from the rest of the household
    • Use a separate bathroom where possible (if a shared bathroom is used, clean after each use) and use their own towels
    • Use the kitchen when no one else is using it, eat in their own room and wash their own dishes
    • Wash hands regularly
    • Open windows

Others in the house, who are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, need to:

  • Self isolate at home for 10 days (EVEN if they have a negative test result – this is for the safety of others!)
  • Keep separate from the person who tested positive
  • If you have to share spaces do everything possible to minimise the time together, wear a face mask and keep 2 metres apart
  • Wash hands regularly

Others in the house who are fully vaccinated (have had both doses) or are under 18:

  • Do not need to self-isolate
  • Get a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus. If this is positive you will need to self-isolate for 10 days
  • If it is negative but you go on to develop symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately and get another PCR test

Why is self-isolation important?

  • Protect others
  • Stop the Spread
  • Reduce chances of more variants
  • Keep hospital admissions low

We know that people can have COVID-19 without having symptoms and this means that they can also pass on the virus.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has the virus it could take up to 10 days for your own symptoms to appear.

You could give the virus to other people, including those who are vulnerable to very serious illness.

By self-isolating, you are not only protecting your friends, family and community but you are also helping to make sure that those most vulnerable to very serious illness are not exposed to the virus by you.

Remember, if you are asked to self-isolate, you must do so by law.

crossYou must not leave your home if you are self-isolating.
 Exclamation mark You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.

What self isolation means:

crossDo not go to work, school, college, or public places
crossDo not go on the bus, train or use taxis
crossDo not pop out to the supermarket to get food and medicine
crossDo not just nip to the shops to get a birthday card, present or other items or calling at the hospital to drop things off
crossDo not have visitors in your home – this includes friends and family (you could be exposing them to the virus). The only people allowed in your home are those providing essential care
crossDo not go out to exercise unless within your own private garden – this means no trips to the gym, pool or for a jog or cycle, no walking the dog!

By self-isolating, you are helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. If you are struggling to isolate and need support, call us on: 01302 430300. Financial help is available.

Contact tracing

Contact Tracing can make a huge difference in stopping the spread of the virus

In Doncaster, our friendly local test and trace team is on hand to help and support everybody in Doncaster who has to self-isolate due to COVID-19

The team is made of local Public Health Professionals who are working 7 days a week to support people affected by COVID-19 isolation and to stop the spread of the virus. To help us protect everybody, we will ask anybody who has tested positive for COVID-19 to complete contact tracing either by doing it online, or over the phone.

We will ask you about who lives with you, if there’s anybody you may have seen, or any places you have visited in the 2 days before you felt unwell, or tested positive for COVID-19. This helps us to know who needs to isolate and who might be at risk of catching the virus.  

We will also ask if you know where you may have caught the virus because this helps us understand how we can stop more people getting the virus in the future.

We are interested in tracking the virus – this is not about tracking you!

We will never tell the contacts you name that you have tested positive for COVID-19 or share your details with them – everything is kept confidential.

They will be offered support around isolating and given the details of financial support available to help them.

 

Why should I give you the names of people I’ve been in contact with?

Knowing who has potentially been exposed to the virus gives us the opportunity to halt the spread further. If people are made aware that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and they are given all the correct, up to date guidance on testing and isolating then they can take the relevant actions to ensure they are protecting themselves and their loved ones.

I don’t want people to know that they have got to isolate because of me – will they find out?

No. The Local and National Test and Trace Teams do not give any personal information about how a person may have been exposed.

I know that my close contacts can’t afford to isolate so if I give you their names I’m causing them to have money problems – what can you do to help?

There is financial support in place for people who have to isolate and are eligible to receive this support. We understand that money is a major concern for many people who have to isolate, and we run through the support available when we speak to them. Remember if you are fully vaccinated and you area close contact to someone who has tested positive, you now need to do a PCR test and if that is negative you no longer need to isolate.

I think my close contacts are all vaccinated so what is the point of giving you the details if they won’t have to isolate?

Some of your close contacts might not be fully vaccinated and they would then need to isolate and even those who are fully vaccinated might not know how the latest guidance works. We are here to help and support people to make sure that they are aware of what needs to be done.

Depending on your job, certain people may have different guidance to follow even if they are vaccinated for example if they work in health or social care.

Even though they are vaccinated, they can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. We can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, we will advise people to consider:

  • limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
  • wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
  • taking part in twice weekly LFD testing

 What is the point of isolating now? Most people have had the virus or are vaccinated.

Rates are high across the country and our rates in Doncaster remain high, particularly in the over 60s. Isolating will help to stop the spread of the virus and potentially making family, friends and loved ones ill. It is the right thing to do.

 

How to self-isolate

The person who tests positive should isolate for 10 days and:

purple exclamation markStay in a room away from the rest of the household
purple exclamation mark Use a separate bathroom where possible (if a shared bathroom is used, clean after each use) and use their own towels
purple exclamation mark Use the kitchen when no one else is using it, eat in their own room and wash their own dishes
purple exclamation mark Wash hands regularly
purple exclamation mark Open windows

Others in the household need to:

purple exclamation mark Self-isolate at home for 10 days (EVEN if they have a negative test result – this is for the safety of others!)
purple exclamation mark Keep separate from the person who tested positive
purple exclamation mark If you have to share spaces do everything possible to minimise the time together, wear a face mask and keep 2 metres apart
purple exclamation mark Wash hands regularly

10-day stay at home check list and support

We know it’s not easy but if you have to self-isolate, it means that you cannot leave your house for 10 days. It is so important that you do this and stick to the rules to protect your family, friends and community.

Here’s a helpful checklist of items to think about when staying at home – you may need to ask family and friends for help.

  • Food deliveries
  • Prescription deliveries
  • Help to get online
  • Utilities help (topping up meters)
  • Financial support (self-isolation support payments)
  • Care of pets – someone to walk the dog
  • Support for my wellbeing
  • Friends, families or co-workers I can connect with
  • Know where to access support if I feel lonely, anxious or overwhelmed or need specific help

Useful contacts

Doncaster Council

Visit our dedicated web pages www.doncaster.gov.uk/coronavirus or call the helpline on 01302 736000 and we will provide details of emotional and financial support available.

Financial support

If you have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive; are unable to work and will lose income as a result, you may be eligible to apply for a self-isolation support payment of £500.

You may also be eligible if you are a parent or guardian who will lose earnings because you are caring for a child who is self-isolating.

For further details of self-isolation support payments and to apply, visit: www.doncaster.gov.uk/covidsipp 
email: isolation.payments@doncaster.gov.uk 

Social Isolation Alliance

The Social Isolation and Loneliness Alliance (SIA) is a collaboration of partners from the public, voluntary, community and faith sectors who are committed to reducing social isolation and loneliness in
Doncaster. Anyone who needs help or advice or has no other support can ring the SIA Helpline:

8am - 8pm (Monday to Friday)
8am - 6pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Call: 01302 735336

10-day stay at home plan

Day 0

This is the day that you develop symptoms, get a test or that a close contact or someone you live with develops symptoms or gets a test.

Day 1 Your first day at home

Use the check list to make sure that you are prepared for your isolation period, arrange for food and any medication to be delivered, do you need to find someone to walk the dog or get the children to school? Now is the time to think about what help you might need to make sure that you have everything you need for the next 10 days.

If you are isolating because you have coronavirus and your symptoms get worse and you are not sure what to do, call 111 or use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service.

Call 999 for an ambulance if you or someone you care for:
  • are struggling to breathe
  • are coughing up blood
  • have blue lips or a blue face
  • feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • collapse or faint
  • become confused or very drowsy
  • have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual

Day 2 Look after your mental wellbeing

Staying at home can be difficult and for some people self-isolation can be a very worrying time. Don’t forget to look after your mental wellbeing. There are lots of people and resources who can help:

MIND:
www.mind.org.uk

Young MINDs:
youngminds.org.uk/find-help

Doncaster’s Social Isolation Alliance:
The SIA Helpline is open
8am 8pm (Monday to Friday)
8am 6pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Call: 01302 430322.

Day 3 Keeping active

Get Doncaster Moving has a range of activities to help you to keep moving and boost your mood at home.

You don’t need any special equipment or open outdoor space for these activities, they contain a mix of chair based exercises and standing exercises, as well as advice on how to look after your overall wellbeing:

getdoncastermoving.org/being-active-at-home

Sport England’s ‘Join the Movement’ page has links to lots of popular online training programmes from yoga and pilates courses to cardio and strengthening programmes as well as kid’s activities including Disney dance programmes:

www.sportengland.org/jointhemovement

Day 4 Eating well

It is important to remember to eat well. Your body needs nourishment. You’ll need to plan ahead if you are getting your shopping delivered. What meals are you planning for today?

You might be working from home when you are isolating or you might have symptoms and be unable to work.

One thing is for sure you need to eat and there are lots of top tips on eating well for less on this NHS website:

www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/20-tips-to-eat-well-for-less

Day 5 Keeping an eye on your alcohol intake

For some people, falling into the trap of drinking alcohol regularly at home is all too easy, especially when you’re in self isolation or quarantine. Has your alcohol intake gone up?

Here are some tips to help you to drink less:

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/drink-less

Day 6 Don't forget to talk

Keeping in touch with family and friends helps to keep you motivated and brings a smile to your face. It is really important for your wellbeing. Give your loved ones a phone call or get in touch with work colleagues and let them know how you are.

Lots of people are using local Facebook groups to keep in touch do you know what there is in your local area?

If you feel lonely and you don’t have anyone to talk to contact the Social Isolation Alliance and they will be able to point you in the right direction.

Social Isolation Alliance
8am 8pm (Monday to Friday)
8am 6pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Call: 01302 430322

Day 7 Lose yourself in a book

Reading can help to pass the time in a way that transports you to different place and time.

Can a family member or friend drop off their favourite book for you to try or can you sit back and relax with an audio book? Listening to or reading a story is a great way to make the most of your time indoors.

Day 8 How about a music boost?

Listening to your favourite band or group can really help to boost your mood. Can you find an album of theirs online that you are not so familiar with and fall in love with their music all over again?

Day 9 Almost there

You’ve almost reached the end of isolation Thank you for doing your bit and keeping people safe. It can be hard to stay positive during these challenging times. Challenge any negative thoughts.

Write down five things you are grateful for today.

Day 10 Last day of isolation!

You’ve reached your last day of isolation and have helped to protect your family, friends and community!

Where are you planning to go tomorrow when you can go out again? Is there a favourite place that you’ve missed visiting?

Day 11 You can go out

You’ve done it – you have finished your 10 days of self-isolation.

Remember Hands, Face, Space + Ventilation are still important to continue to protect others and keep yourself safe.

Thank you for Doing it for Doncaster and for helping keep others safe.

My child has been asked to self-isolate, what should I do?

Exclamation mark If your child has been asked to self-isolate, it is really important that they do not leave the house for ten days.

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, all other members of the household must also self-isolate. Those aged over 18 or who are fully vaccinated do not have to isolate unless they develop symptoms and must get a PCR test. 

crossYour child should not go to school, go out to play, attend any out of school groups or activities, visit or stay overnight at a friend or family member’s house, or visit public places such as shopping centres, swimming pools, parks or cinemas.

cross You should also not have any visitors from outside your household in your home.

We understand that for children and young people, this will be frustrating particularly if they have had to self isolate more than once. It has been a difficult year for children and being told they cannot go out and see their friends may be upsetting for them.

However, by keeping your children at home for the duration of their self-isolation period, you are helping to break the chain of infection, reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those around you.

Support and resources are available to help families with children during isolation.

Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust’s Healthy At Home
There are so many ways to keep active at home as a whole family. DCLT have an online page filled with active and creative ways for both body and mind to make sure that you can still have fun at home:
www.dclt.co.uk/stay-healthy-at-home/children-and-families

Change4Life and Disney’s 10 Minute Shake-Up Games
A great way to keep children entertained with online 10-minute bursts of fun activities and games.
www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

Virtual Family Hub
The Virtual Family Hub contains many of the services that Doncaster Family Hubs provides but now, virtually! Through the website you can find a weekly rota of all the different online activities for families do together:
www.doncaster.gov.uk/virtualfamilyhub

Self-isolation support payments

If you have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive; are unable to work and will lose income as a result, you may be eligible to apply for a self-isolation support payment. 

You may also be eligible if you are a parent or guardian who will lose earnings because you are caring for a child who is self-isolating.

The payment is to support those on low incomes, who would also lose income as a result of self-isolating, or as a result of taking time off to look after children who are self-isolating, and to encourage people to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID 19. The scheme will operate until 30 September 2021.

For more details of the scheme, eligibility criteria, and to apply, go to our application page.

Apply now

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Last updated: 13 September 2021 11:37:15