Quarantining this period will help prevent family, friends, and the community from contracting coronavirus. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Now there is a difference between quarantine and isolation. While Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others, Isolation, on the other hand, keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.
Who needs to quarantine?
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, you do not have to quarantine as long as you do not develop symptoms of the virus.
- People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to undergo tested again if there is no medical explanation for their symptoms
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you are not expected to quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.
Why would you need to quarantine?
You would need to quarantine if you have been in close contact with infected individuals, surfaces, or items.
The following counts as close contact:
- When you stay within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- When you provide care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- When you kiss, hug, or hold someone who has the virus.
- When you share eating or drinking utensils with someone who has the virus
- When you come in contact with respiratory droplets when infected persons sneeze or cough.
Steps to for monitoring your health as you quarantine
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- Stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19
Quarantining after travel
If you have embarked on travels from outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Island, or the Isle of man, you need to quarantine ten days after your arrival. However, if you do not want to quarantine for ten days, you could opt for another quarantine scheme. This scheme is referred to as a Test to Release.
This test cannot be taken until you have been in the UK for 5 full days. It is a voluntary test that applies to those quarantining in England only.
Under the Test to Release scheme, you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 tea and if the result turns out negative, you can end your quarantine.
How to take part in the Test to Release scheme
Step 1: Book your test with a private test provider.
You need to book your test before you travel to England. If you decide to book on arrival, you need to fill another passenger locator form.
Step 2: Opt into the scheme on your passenger locator form.
Once you start filling the passenger locator form, you will be asked for details of your test.
Step 3: The test provider will either send a test to your address or you can attend a testing site. If you decide to go to a testing site, ensure you adhere to safe travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.
Test to Release Scheme rules
- The Test cannot be used if you have been in or through any country that is on the UK’s travel ban red list.
- The test must be taken no earlier than the 5th day after arriving in England.
- If the test result is negative you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result
- If your test result is positive, you need to quarantine for another 10 days, starting from the day you took the test.