The Covid-19 pandemic has really changed life for us and presented a lot of different challenges that can disrupt the smooth running of our day-to-day lives. Even if you are not personally and directly affected by the disease, your life can still be derailed temporarily just by coming into contact with someone who has had or has the coronavirus. As you undoubtedly know, all you need to have been in contact with someone, and then you need to self-isolate.
As the rules and guidelines related to Covid-19 and things like self-isolation have changed several times since the coronavirus emerged, Particularly as the government and health organisations have constantly tried to keep the spread of the disease under control, with varying degrees of success. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep up to date with what the current rules and guidelines are. In this post, we want to discuss something that confuses a lot of people – and that is what you should do if you are exposed to someone who has Covid-19 (whether they are symptomatic or test positive).
Definition of Contact
To appreciate and understand the guidelines better, it’s worth taking the time to consider what contact actually means and refers to. Generally speaking, you are considered to be a contact if you have been close to someone who tests positive for Covid. This means it could be
- Through someone who lives in the same household as you
- If you have had any of the following kinds of contact:
- Face to face or coughed on within one metre
- Not in direct face to face contact but be within a metre from someone for at least one minute or more
- Been within 2metres to someone for longer than 15 minutes
If you are identified as a contact and haven’t made the decision yourself, you will be contacted through the NHS Track and Trace service. This service will either contact you by phone, email, text message or through the app and you are expected to follow the guidance given.
So, what do you do?
What You Need to Do If You Have Come Into Contact With a Person Who Tested Positive
If, as outlined above, you have been in contact with someone with Covid-19, you need to self-isolate and stay at home. Unless any of the exemptions noted below, apply to you.
You have your full vaccination, whether it’s two doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccine such as Pfizer, Spikevax or AstraZeneca or the single-dose offering from Janssen.
- You are less than 18 years old
- You participated in or are still participating in an approved vaccine trial
- You can’t get the vaccine on medical grounds
However, if you are not exempt, you need to self-isolate for 10 full days, which includes the date you last were in contact with the person who has a positive Covid-19 test result. You also need to organise a PCR test during your self-isolation period. Even if you have a negative result, you are still advised to self-isolate for the full period as you may still become infectious.