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How can I protect myself and others against COVID-19?

You can check the latest Government guidance and information about COVID-19 by visiting the Government website.

There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home as much as possible for five days and avoid contact with other people, as you would with any other infectious illness.

Find out more about people with COVID-19 and their contacts

If you have COVID-19 you can pass on the infection to others, even if you have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

This is why it's important to rearrange your plans if you feel unwell and check your temperature.

Negative test result

If your test result is negative but you still have symptoms, you may have another virus such as a cold or flu. You should consider staying at home as much as possible until you feel well. Seek medical attention if you are concerned about your symptoms.

You can return to a normal routine as long as you do not have a temperature 

Get advice online from NHS 111.

Contact tracing

Routine contact tracing has stopped.

If you test positive for COVID-19 it’s really important that you tell your recent contacts promptly and accurately. Inform your close (household and overnight) contacts; they are advised to take additional precautions for five days, including working from home if they are able to, avoiding contact with anyone at higher risk, and limiting close contact with other people outside their household.

You do not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Changes to the NHS COVID Pass

From 12 May the domestic NHS COVID Pass will no longer be available.

This means that venues and events will no longer be able to request it as a condition of entry.

In line with this change, from today the medical exemptions service will no longer accept new applications from people who want to use the domestic NHS COVID Pass to prove they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. GPs will have until 11 July to process any applications received by 12 May.

The NHS COVID Pass for international travel will continue to be available as normal.


Page updated: 31/03/2022 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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