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COVID-19 self-isolation: What you need to know

We know that with so much information flying around it can be confusing knowing what we are supposed to do about self-isolation.

The basics are easy and apply to everyone:

  • If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms then you must self-isolate immediately and book a free test via the NHS
  • Let all those you live with know – as they will need to self-isolate too until you get the result of your test
  • If you do test positive, you will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of your symptoms or, if you don’t have symptoms, from the date of your test (and don’t forget to let us know via this form)
  • If you live with someone who tests positive, then you must isolate for 14 days from the onset of their symptoms or the date of their test if they are not symptomatic

But it can be more challenging to work out what you can and can’t do whilst you self-isolate and to figure out how to ensure that you manage your wellbeing properly whilst doing so whether you’re living in private accommodation or in halls.

To help with this, we’ve produced some useful information including a handy guide containing practical advice if you need to self-isolate including tips on looking after your mental and physical wellbeing and keeping yourself busy.


Robin Coleman • 23 October 2020

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