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Covid Advice and Actions - April 2022

Published 04/04/2022

Latest Government Guidance as at 1 Apr 2022:

Free universal testing ends for the general public as part of the next steps for living with COVID-19 as set out on Tues 29 March, by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid. This is the government’s strategy to live with and manage the virus.

Updated guidance will advise:

• adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature

• children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend

• adults with a positive Covid-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days


Guidance as at Thu 24 Feb 2022

From Thu 24 Feb 2022 the Government will:

Remove the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.

No longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, and remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.

End routine contact tracing. Contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. Staff, children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home.

End the legal obligation for individuals to tell their employer when they are required to self-isolate.

From Mon 21 Feb 2022 the Government is removing the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing.

Face coverings are no longer mandatory, but it is personal choice to wear one in classroom setting or communal areas.

Children and young people aged 18 and under can get coronavirus (Covid-19), but it's usually a mild illness and most get better in a few days.

Symptoms of Covid-19 are very similar to those of other illnesses, such as colds or flu, and can include:

• High temperature or shivering (chills) - a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

• New and continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

• Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

• Shortness of breath

• Feeling tired or exhausted

• Aching body

• Sore throat

• Headache

• Loss of appetite

• Blocked or runny nose

• Feeling sick or being sick

• Diarrhoea 

How to do a self test: Help in different languages