The SECRET rules have changed rapidly over the past few weeks, but it’s important that you know them to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
With the latest Covid variant Omicron, the number of cases is increasing rapidly and spreading rapidly across the country, the quarantine measures have been changed.
What does self-isolation mean?
Self-isolation is when you don’t leave the house because you have or may have coronavirus.
Essentially, self-isolation means separating yourself from the outside world – and no visitors!
Failure to properly self-isolate could mean that you spread the virus to others who are potentially vulnerable.
It means staying at home, not going to work, school or other public places or public transport or any place where you can spread the virus to others.
Also, make sure you have a well-ventilated room with windows that can be opened.
And while there should be no guests, friends, family or delivery drivers will be sending essentials during this time.
If you live with people, try to stay away from them as much as possible. Sticking with your room is best, it’s boring, but it helps keep them safe.
Be sure to clean any shared items like faucets or doorknobs, and try to wear a mask when moving into shared spaces.
Self-isolation is different from social distancing and shielding.
When should I self-isolate?
You need to self-isolate if the following apply to you:
- you have any of the following symptoms: high temperature, new, ongoing cough, loss or change in smell or taste (however, Omicron and Delta cause different symptoms – so it’s best for you should examine one side and isolate until you know you have clear if you are not feeling well)
- you have tested positive for the virus, even if you have no symptoms, with a lateral flow test
- you have tested positive for the virus, even if you have no symptoms, with a PCR test
- you have been asked by the NHS to self-isolate
How long should I self-isolate?
Current rules mean that if you test negative using lateral flow tests on the sixth and seventh days of isolation, with the tests done 24 hours apart, there is no longer a need to self-isolate. glass.
The first test must be taken no earlier than the sixth day of the self-isolation period.
If the test result is positive without lateral flow symptoms, you do not need to do PCR anymore and this counts as your first day of isolation.
If you have symptoms and then test positive for a lateral flow, your isolation begins when you first note symptoms.
But people self-isolating on or after Saturday are advised to limit close contact with others in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, work from home and minimize contact with anyone at risk. more likely to get sick.
Although the new rules will come into force on January 17, meaning people in the UK could be quarantined after a full five days, if they test negative on Thursday and Friday.
If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day you started having symptoms and the next seven days – unless you continue to test positive.
But if you don’t have symptoms, but test positive, your period starts the day you get the test.
If you have symptoms after the test, you must self-isolate for another seven days from the time your symptoms began (provided you are negative on the sixth and seventh days of the test period). new)
If you haven’t tested negative by day six or seven, according to previous guidelines, you can stop self-isolating after 10 days if:
- you don’t have any symptoms
- you just have a cough or a change in smell or taste – these changes can last for weeks after the infection clears up
Continue to self-isolate if:
- you don’t feel well
- you have any of the following symptoms: high temperature or feeling hot and shivery, runny nose or sneezing, cold or illness, diarrhea. Stop self-isolation only when these symptoms are gone.
What if other people self-isolate in your home?
The government recommends that you do the following to reduce the spread of Covid in your home:
- Limit contact with people with Covid and preferably make sure they stay in one room
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough (or crooks use your elbow). Throw out the trash immediately and wash your hands
- Regularly wipe down surfaces, especially common areas like bathrooms
- Infected people’s garbage should be double-bagged and set aside for at least 72 hours before being placed in ordinary household trash outside.
- Wash the person’s dirty clothes separately
- Ventilate the living space
- Limit contact with pets and wash hands thoroughly before and after contact
When do I need to self-isolate after vacation?
For a long time, there have been self-isolation rules around traveling abroad.
But a series of rules are now in effect following the arrival of Omicron.
If you are fully vaccinated and come to the UK from a country that is NOT on the red list, you:
- must be isolated at home or where you are
- do a PCR test before the end of the second day after your arrival (lateral flow tests will not be accepted)
- Quarantine may end if your PCR test results are negative or 14 days have passed, whichever comes first
If you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day you arrive in the UK.
If you arrive in the UK from a red-listed country, you must isolate in a Government-approved hotel and take two Covid tests. This applies to fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
Read more about the above travel rules Government website.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/5210232/self-isolation-coronavirus-when-how-long-what-how/ When should I self-isolate from Covid and for how long? The rules explained – The Irish Sun