Coronavirus

Self-isolation

Get your COVID-19 vaccination or booster jab

COVID-19 vaccination programme tells you who is eligible and how to get vaccinated.

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you what restrictions are in place.

If you have COVID-19 you can stop self-isolating on day six if you provide a negative lateral flow test result on days five and six.

If you still test positive you must stay in isolation until you provide two negative tests on consecutive days, or until 10 days have passed.

Contacts of people with COVID-19

  • If you are double-vaccinated and come into contact with a person with COVID you should take daily lateral flow tests for seven days, rather than self-isolate. This includes contact with people with the Omicron variant.
  • If you are unvaccinated you still need to isolate for 10 days if you are a contact of a person with COVID.

When you must self-isolate

Isolate immediately if you are over 18 years and 6 months old and:

  • you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • you test positive (LFT and PCR tests)
  • you are told to self-isolate by Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 App
  • you are not fully vaccinated and live with somebody with symptoms or has tested positive
  • you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with somebody with symptoms or has tested positive

If you live with or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you don't need to self-isolate if:

  • you are fully vaccinated
  • you are under 18 years and 6 months old
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

When to self-isolate and what to do

Get tested immediately if you have symptoms

Main symptoms of COVID-19

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms:

  • A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous, dry cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Don't delay - the test must take place in the first 5 days of your symptoms so request a test a soon as you have symptoms.

Book a test through Test and Trace:

Getting a PCR test
Isolate with symptoms

Advice if you are fully vaccinated

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still be infected with covid-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can still help to protect others. As well as taking regular lateral flow tests you could:

  • limit close contact with people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
  • wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • limit contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable

Why self-isolation is important

  • You stop the chance of giving the virus to someone else.
  • If you live with other people it's possible you will pass it onto them.
  • By doing this you are containing the virus within your home. You stop yourself from spreading it to friends and family that don't live with you and also to the community you live in.

People who have COVID-19 can infect others up to 2 days before symptoms start, and for up to 10 days after.

People who are a contact of someone with the virus are at higher risk of developing COVID-19 in the next 10 days.

How to self-isolate

You must not leave your home.

  • Don't go to work, school or public places - work from home if you can
  • Don't go on public transport or use taxis
  • Don't go out to get food and medicine - order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Don't have visitors in your home, including friends and family - except for people providing essential care
  • Don't go out to exercise - exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

You can temporarily leave self-isolation to:

  • post a PCR test or antibody test at a Royal Mail priority postbox
  • get food or medicine if you can't order it online or by phone, or you can't ask someone to bring it to your home
  • get urgent health services for you, your family and pets
  • avoid harm, for example, if there is a fire or you are at risk of domestic abuse
  • access services as a victim of crime, for example, if there has been a burglary
  • help someone pregnant to go to a medical appointment, or to give birth
  • go to the funeral of a close family member or friend
  • meet legal duties like going to court, taking part in court proceedings, or following bail conditions
  • take part in NHS COVID-19 research, but only if you're asked to leave self-isolation

What to do if you need support

Get in touch with COVID-19 Community Response if you need support.

You may also be entitled to a Test and Trace support payment if you are isolating because you have been contacted by Test and Trace.

Find out about support available:

Apply for a Test and Trace support payment COVID-19 Community Response
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