22 December 2021

Clarification on self-isolation period following Covid exposure

UKHSA confirms that changes to the self-isolation period following Covid exposure applies to healthcare workers

Following the announcement by the Health Secretary Sajid Javid on 22 December that the required period for self-isolation following a Covid exposure in England has been reduced from 10 to seven days (subject to negative lateral flow results on days six and seven). UKHSA has confirmed this guidance also applies to healthcare workers, although when going back into a work setting, healthcare workers are asked to continue testing on days 8, 9 and 10 (see section 2.2 of updated UKHSA guidance).

This article was correct at time of publication. 

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