Guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection

This guidance is for:

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19, including those who are waiting for a test.
  • people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result (whether or not they have symptoms).
  • people who currently live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms, or with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Example of a household with possible / confirmed COVID-19 symptoms

Mike, Georgio, Maria and Seyi live together.

Mike's self-isolation plan

  1. Mike begins experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. He starts his 10-day isolation period (arrange test if not already tested).
  2. On day 2 of self-isolation Mike's test results come back positive. He will self-isolate for the next 10 full days.
  3. On the day after Mike's 10 full days of self-isolation (if his symptoms have gone, or if the only remaining symptoms are a cough, or loss or taste / smell) he can stop self-isolating.

Georgio's self-isolation plan

  1. Georgio has no symptoms but begins his 10 day self-isolation period, as he has had contact with Mike.
  2. On the day after his 10 full days of self-isolation, Georgio can stop self-isolating.

Maria's self-isolation plan

  1. Maria has no symptoms but begins her 10 days self-isolation period, as she has had contact with Mike.
  2. On the fourth day of self-isolating, Maria begins experiencing symptoms. From this day, Maria begins a new 10 day self-isolation period. She arranges a test and continues to self-isolate whilst awaiting her test results.
  3. Maria's test results come back positive on the seventh day of self-isolation. She carries on with her current full 10 day self-isolation period.
  4. On the day after Maria's 10 full days of self-isolation (if her symptoms have gone, or if the only remaining symptoms are a cough, or loss or taste / smell) she can stop self-isolating.

Seyi's self-isolation plan

  1. Seyi has no symptoms but begins her 10 days self-isolation period, as she has had contact with Mike.
  2. On the third day, Seyi begins experiencing symptoms. She starts a new 10 day self-isolation period and arranges a test. She continues to self-isolate whilst awaiting her test results.
  3. On her fifth day of self-isolating, Seyi's test results come back negative. She continues with her current 10 day self-isolation period due to being in contact with Mike.
  4. On the day after her 10 full days of self-isolation, Seyi can stop self-isolating.

If you would like to view a visual representation of this example, you can view it on the GOV.UK website.

Page updated: 23/02/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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