When should I self-isolate?

When should I self-isolate?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough and/or
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, needs to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

The Government’s latest advice on who should self-isolate can be found here:


What evidence do I need to provide to my employer if I have symptoms or someone I live with has symptoms and I need to self-isolate?

If you have been advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19, because you have symptoms or you live with someone who has symptoms, you can self-certify for the first 7 days of absence (including weekends), which means that you do not have to provide any evidence to your employer.

After the 7 day period, you may be asked for evidence of your sickness absence. The Government has launched an isolation note service, which can be used to provide the evidence of the advice to self-isolate.

To use this service, please click here – https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

If you need any assistance with this, please contact the Advice Team on 01234 716005 (choosing Option 1).

Should I be paid if I have to self isolate?

The Government has confirmed that (from 13th March 2020 onwards), if you have to self isolate for one of the following reasons, you should receive at least Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from the first day of absence:

  • You have COVID-19.
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms (see the top of this page for symptoms).
  • You’ve been told to shield by the NHS because of a health condition.
  • A doctor or NHS 111 has told you to self isolate.
  • The Government’s Test and Trace system (Test and Protect in Scotland or Test, Trace, Protect’ in Wales) has told you that you need to self isolate.
  • You have been in close proximity with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Some companies will pay more than SSP (but SSP is the minimum that should be paid). You should speak to your manager in the first instance to confirm what pay you will receive. If you have any problems or question, please ring the Advice Team on 01234 716005 (choose Option 1).

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