Self-isolation period extended to 10 days

Self-isolation period extended to 10 days

July 31, 2020

On 30th July 2020, the UK Chief Medical Officers announced an extension of the self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days. Evidence was cited that shows that people with COVID-19, who are mildly ill and are recovering, have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness onset. As a result, those in the community who have symptoms, or a positive result, will now need to extend their period of self-isolation from 7 to 10 days as part of a focus to extend risk minimisation measures.

The UK Chief Medical Officers said that the extension ‘will help provide additional protection to others in the community. This is particularly important to protect those who have been shielding and in advance of the autumn and winter when we may see increased community transmission’.

Read the announcement here


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