Self-isolation

We know self-isolating can be challenging for many reasons. Here’s a guide to the rules and information on where you can get support.

You must immediately isolate for 10 days if:

  • you, or someone you live with, have coronavirus symptoms
  • you or someone you live with tests positive for coronavirus
  • you are asked to isolate by the NHS Test & Trace

If you develop coronavirus symptoms whilst isolating, you can call 119 or visit the NHS website to book a test – and leave your house to visit a testing centre.

There are two easily accessible walk through test centres in Reading at the moment – one at Reading University and one at Prospect Park. If you cannot leave the house, you can order a home test or if you have a car you will be offered a test at your nearest drive-through test site.

Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days.

Self-isolating helps stop the spread of Covid and will bring down infection rates in Reading. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms and it can take 10 days to develop symptoms – that’s why people are asked to self-isolate for 10 days if they have been in contact with a person or place where they might have caught it.

Stay at home:

  • Do not go out for work, exercise, shopping or to collect medicine.
  • Do not have visitors into your home.
  • Arrange for essentials to be delivered to your door.
  • Only exercise in your home or garden.

It is very important to follow these rules to protect others. Even if you don’t have symptoms you may have the virus – 1 in 3 people do not have symptoms but can still spread it.

Avoid others inside your house

If you are self-isolating, stay as far away from other members of your household as possible to prevent transmitting the virus to them. We appreciate this is a very hard thing to do, but if you can:

  • keep your distance – sleep alone and use a separate bathroom if you have one (or clean shared bathrooms after use)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • if possible, avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present
  • don’t prepare food for others and take your meals back to your room to eat
  • wear a face covering when spending time in shared areas inside your home
  • open windows to ventilate shared rooms

Not all these measures will be possible if you are living with children or have caring responsibilities but follow this guidance to the best of your ability in these circumstances.

For more information visit Gov.uk – stay at home guidance

Support whist you are isolating

If your symptoms get worse and you are concerned call 111. In an emergency call 999.

One Reading Community Hub

If you are struggling and don’t have access to any support whilst isolating, call the One Reading Community Hub 0808 189 4325 or visit our page on the One Reading Community Hub

Isolation Support Payment

If you have to self-isolate and are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result you may be eligible for an Isolation Support Payment of £500.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

You could get Statutory Sick Pay if you are self-isolating. Find out more on Gov.uk -Statutory Sick Pay

Business support

Find out if you are eligible for support for small businesses, the self-employed and individuals.