From 24th March 2022, the UK government removed the requirement to self-isolate and has issued new guidance for living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
As we learn to live safely with COVID-19, there are actions that the UK Government recommends can be taken to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others.
Most people can no longer access free testing for COVID-19. If you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:
You can find information about these symptoms and how to treat them by visiting the NHS website.
If you do have any of the symptoms of a respiratory infection or have a positive COVID-19 test result, Government guidance is to try and stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
We recommend you tell your flatmates/neighbours that you are self-isolating so that you have the support you need, and everyone feels safe and respected in their home.
If you leave your home while you have symptoms of a respiratory infection or a positive COVID-19 test, government guidance recommends tasking the following actions to reduce the chance of passing infection to others:
To help support you during your stay at iQ you can tell us if you have any of these symptoms and are staying at home via the iQ App. Just click on self-isolation on the updates section.
iQ staff can support you with:
We still want to keep things social. iQ has a number of virtual events, and clubs for you to enjoy and keep you connected while you are self-isolating. Head over to iQ life to find out about all the great things that you can be part of.
If you are self-isolating, you will still need to evacuate the building in an emergency (such as fire alarm) including any drills. We recommend that you wear a face covering and physically distance yourself from others wherever possible.
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SHOUT is a free, confidential, 24/7 support text line. The service is confidential and can be accessed anywhere, at any time. Simply text “SHOUT” to 85258 to have a conversation with one of their trained volunteers.
There is no longer any Government restrictions in place for travel and entry into the UK (England, Scotland and Wales).
If you are travelling internationally, please check each country’s foreign travel advice.
Free testing for COVID-19 for the general public from the NHS has ended for people in England. If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself. You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.
You can find out more about what you can do instead of taking a COVID-19 test, or if you’re eligible for a free NHS test here.
If you live in Scotland, you can find out how to get a test here.
If you live in Wales, free NHS lateral flow tests (LFTs) are no longer available for the general public to access if you do not have symptoms. Eligibility for testing can be found here.