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:
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:
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.
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:
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
If your symptoms get worse and you are concerned call 111. In an emergency call 999.
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
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.
You could get Statutory Sick Pay if you are self-isolating. Find out more on Gov.uk -Statutory Sick Pay
Find out if you are eligible for support for small businesses, the self-employed and individuals.