Firebreak Lockdown: When do you need to self-isolate?

New lockdown measures took place in Wales last Friday at 6 pm. This is to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, residents have mixed emotions upon hearing the news.

Dr David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) special envoy for the global COVID-19 response, told Sky News that the UK needs to "sort out test, trace and isolate".

"There are many who say if you go in for a lockdown now, how are you going to be able to come out after two weeks because this virus isn't going to go away? The only way you can get rid of it is by a very simple process of finding people with the disease and isolating them, finding their contacts and isolating them and then protecting the people who are most at risk."

It’s important that you know the Covid-19 symptoms before you undergo self-isolation. Below is the list of symptoms of Covid-19.

  • Severe fever with high temperature

  • Continuous cough

  • Loss or change of smell or taste

What about people who are asymptomatic? It’s best to practice proper hygiene by washing and sanitising your hands. People are also advised to wear protective covering such as face masks to prevent the spread of the virus and to be safe from people who don't show symptoms but have the virus.

When do you need to self-isolate?

  • If you have tested positive.

  • If you have the symptoms of coronavirus such as listed above.

  • If you have direct contact with people who are infected such as your family members, friends, or your social bubble.

  • If the NHS asks you to self-isolate then you should do so.

  • If you travel outside the UK or visit another place that is high risk.

5 Tips to self-isolate responsibly

  • Do not go to public places such as workplaces, schools, restaurants etc.

  • Isolate yourself at home, however, if you have a big household it’s recommended and highly advised to look for self-contained accommodation. This is to protect other family members.

  • Order online - nowadays, things you need can be delivered at your doorstep. Whether you need medicine, food, and essentials it is best to order online.

  • Do not invite friends or family members over, you have to be vigilant at these times.

  • You have to self-isolate for 10 days if you have symptoms or tested positive. However, 14 isolating days is only needed if...

  • You’ve been told by NHS test and trace.

  • Your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive for coronavirus.

Where to self-isolate?

It’s comfortable to stay at home while boosting your immunity in fighting the virus, however, most causes of fast spread of the virus is through close contact from person to person so if you live with others there is a high risk in spreading the virus to your loved ones. If possible, it is best to isolate in a self-contained or serviced accommodation near you.

Remember, don’t panic and keep silent whenever you have the symptoms. Inform your social bubble so they can also prepare and get themselves checked. Coronavirus has low mortality risk and many have survived and won their battles. Let us support each other and we can all get through this together.

If you have severe conditions please contact the NHS and get medical help. Please visit for more details.

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