People can pass on the virus even when they don't have symptoms. If you have been in close contact with someone who has the virus it could take up to 10 days for your own symptoms to appear and you could pass the virus onto other people, including those who are vulnerable to very serious illness.
By self-isolating, you are not only protecting your community and those most vulnerable, you are also helping to support the NHS and key workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic.
It is an incredibly important and effective way of slowing the spread of COVID-19. You must not leave your home if you're self-isolating.
If you are asked to self-isolate you must do so by the law.
Remember you could be fined if you do not self-isolate.
- Do not go to work, school or public places
- On public transport or use taxis
- Do not go out to get food and medicine
Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
Do not go out to exercise unless within your own private garden.