THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS ADVICE
From Monday 17 January, people with COVID-19 in England can end their self-isolation after 5 full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6.
- People self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature, from Monday, 17 January
- Individuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days
- This will support essential public services and keep supply chains running over the winter
It is crucial that people isolating with COVID-19 wait until they have received 2 negative rapid lateral flow tests on 2 consecutive days to reduce the chance of still being infectious.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. If an individual is positive on day 5, then a negative test is required on day 6 and day 7 to release from isolation.
It is essential that 2 negative rapid lateral flow tests are taken on consecutive days and reported before individuals return to their job or education, if leaving self-isolation earlier than the full 10-day period.
For instance, if an individual is positive on day 5, then a negative test is required on both day 6 and day 7 to release from self-isolation, or positive on day 6, then a negative test is required on days 7 and 8, and so on until the end of day 10.
Those who leave self-isolation on or after day 6 are strongly advised to wear face coverings and limit close contact with other people in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, work from home if they can do so and minimise contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19.
The default self-isolation period continues to be 10 days, and you may only leave self-isolation early if you have taken 2 rapid lateral flow tests and do not have a temperature in line with guidance.
When you do not need to self-isolate
If you live with or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- You’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
- You’re under 18 years and 6 months old
- You’re taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
- You’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you do not have symptoms, you’re strongly advised to:
- Do daily rapid lateral flow tests (1 per day for 7 days), if you’re fully vaccinated, to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 – find out more about daily testing on GOV.UK
- Follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
- Consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from COVID-19
If you are fully vaccinated
This is what you need to do if you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.
Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated
Before you travel to England you must:
- book and pay for a COVID-19 test – to be taken after you arrive in England
- complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
If you’re in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test.
When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated
After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test. This is the test that you booked before travel. You can book either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.
You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.
If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate.
If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test.
If you are not fully vaccinated
This is what you need to do if you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.
Before you travel to England – not fully vaccinated
Before you travel to England you must:
- Take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England
- Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in England
- Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
When you arrive in England – not fully vaccinated
After you arrive in England you must:
- Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
- Take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel
You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.
If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.
If the test result is positive
If your day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.
You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive. If your day 2 test is negative, you must take your day 8 test.
If your day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.
If the test result is negative
If your day 2 test is negative, you must continue to quarantine.
You must take your day 8 test on or after day 8.
If your day 8 test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later:
- Day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrived in England
- When you receive the day 8 test result
If you receive your day 8 negative test result back on day 9, you must continue to quarantine until the end of day 10.
If you receive your day 8 negative test result back on day 12, you must quarantine until the end of day 12.
If the test result is unclear
If the result of your day 2 test is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.
If the result of your day 8 test is negative, you can stop self-isolating on whichever is later:
- Day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrived in England
- The day you received the negative day 8 test result
If your day 8 test is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.
You can choose to take another private test. If that test result is a negative result, you can stop self-isolating on whichever is later:
- Day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrive in England
- The day you received the negative replacement test result from the additional test
Please note that although the majority of lockdown restrictions have been listed, we are still asking all our Live-in Carers and Nurses to please wear their masks to help prevent the spread of Covid.
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted at step 4. This means that when step 4 takes place:
- Face masks are manadatory in shops and on public transport from Tuesday 30th November
- You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
- Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces
- The Government is recommending those that can work from home, should do so
- There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others
- There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship
- Some venues and events are now legally required to check the Covid status of visitors over 18 (nightclubs, indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, any venue with more than 10,000 people)
COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
The NHS APP will also be updated to reflect the changes. For full details around the new guidelines and to understand what you can and can’t do, follow this link here >
Training at Consultus
The Training Team are continuing to offer four-hour, socially distanced face-to-face practical training sessions as part of the carer induction and update courses. Carers undertaking their annual update training will complete three online courses and four Consultus virtual training topics before attending the practical moving & positioning and basic life support training at the Consultus training centre where there will be hand sanitisation, hand washing protocols in place, and a maximum of 5 Carers attending each session.
Please click here for more information.
If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus please call the NHS 111 Service as this service provides up-to-date information about the Coronavirus. Anyone who is assessed as possibly having symptoms of the virus will be directed by the 111 service to a public health helpline and, if necessary, medical tests can be arranged and specific advice given.
Follow the below links for some helpful advice around the virus:
The BMJ latest guidelines for the Coronavirus
WATCH this useful video from the World Health Organisation on basic protective measures you can take against the virus.
Please read our updated guidance for those working in the homecare sector here>
Symptoms: The main symptoms of Covid are a cough, fever and a loss or change of sell/taste.
Preventing the spread of infection: As with the flu and common cold, the best way to help prevent infection is to maintain good hand and face hygiene; wash your hands regularly (alcohol gel can be used if hands are visibility soiled), and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue which is then thrown away. Where possible, avoid contact with people who have flu like symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/