Covid rules now – do you still have to stay at home if you test positive?

Covid restrictions may be behind us but the virus lingers as cases continue to rise across the UK. Staying at home after positive tests can help reduce the spread, but government advice has changed

The guidance to stay at home after a positive Covid test has changed
The guidance to stay at home after a positive Covid test has changed

For many, Covid feels like a bad memory that we would like to forget, but for others it’s still a very real concern.

The UK has seemingly returned to normal in 2022, with festivals like Glastonbury and events like the Platinum Jubilee bringing millions of people together.

However, Covid cases are rising, with growing concerns of a fifth wave of the virus.

Due to the vaccines and building natural immunity, lethality is greatly reduced, but high-risk individuals are still a concern.

Here’s what to do now if you tested positive for coronavirus after all remaining Covid rules were lifted earlier this year.

Do you stay home if you test positive for Covid?

Boris John’s government lifted all Covid restrictions back in February 2022



All Covid restrictions were lifted in the UK in February 2022.

The Government is now advising “living with Covid” to allow the public to make an informed choice about socializing, mask-wearing and self-isolating.

That means staying at home after a positive test is no longer necessary, but thanks to vaccines and herd immunity, lethality has been drastically reduced.

As stated on the NHS website, the advice is simply to “stay at home and avoid contact with others if you have tested positive for coronavirus or have symptoms of Covid-19”.

It still encourages people not to mix with those at high risk, stating: “You should avoid being in close contact with those who are at higher risk from Covid-19.

“This is particularly important if their immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19, even if they have received a Covid-19 vaccine.”

Of course, there is no law that compels you to do anything, but it is up to the individual to make an informed and considered decision.

How many Covid cases are there in the UK?

There are 1.7 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK



Covid cases are surging in the UK, with some experts even warning of a possible fifth wave.

The number of hospitalized patients is up 37%, up 2,000 from last week, with 7,822 now receiving treatment for the virus.

Cases rose sharply overall, with 1.7million people testing positive for the virus last week, up 23% from the week before (Monday 13 June), according to new NHS data.

Will Covid restrictions return due to increase in cases?

Restrictions aimed at fighting the coronavirus are unlikely to return


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The government has not hinted at the return of restrictions, with health researchers saying it is unlikely.

Speaking to CNBC, Simon Clarke, associate professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, said: “I don’t think we will have any mandatory restrictions unless the situation seems unmanageable for the healthcare sector and the critical care service in particular .”

The Government is committed to its plan to ‘live with Covid’ after all restrictions were lifted in February.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam England’s former Deputy Chief Medical Officer told BBC Radio 4: “In terms of the nature of the lethality, the picture is much, much, much closer to seasonal flu now than it was then [Covid] showed up first.”

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