Can You Go To Work With Covid?


Can you go to work with Covid?

Covid cases are rising again but should you test and self-isolate or can you go to work?

The most recent government advice is that you no longer have to self-isolate if you take a test and it is positive. However, adults in England are advised to stay at home for at least five days after taking the test.

You also no longer have to tell your employer you have Covid. But based on the above recommendation, it is advised that you should work from home if you can. If you can’t work from home, speak to your employer about the options available.

Self-isolation support grants have ended in England and Wales but you may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). There are still grants available in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

What if I’m in close contact with someone who has Covid?

If you are exposed to someone with Covid then you don’t have to self-isolate or test unless you start to exhibit symptoms. Just a reminder that symptoms include a continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in taste or smell, feeling tired, a headache and an aching body.

If you do start to exhibit symptoms, for ten days after exposure you are advised to:

  • Limit close contact with people outside your household
  • Avoid contact with vulnerable people
  • Consider wearing a mask in indoor spaces

If you do wish to test, then Covid tests are no longer free for most people on the NHS.  You can get free NHS tests if you have a health condition, you’re going into hospital or you work in healthcare. Those who want to get tested but aren’t eligible must buy a Covid test from a pharmacy or other retailers.

If you need to discuss absence management or need guidance on the above then please reach out to the team.

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