What to do if as education supply staff, you feel unwell

This article contains a brief guidance for supply staff of what to do if they or someone they know has experienced Covid-19 symptoms or they have tested positive, as well as knowing when it is safe to end self-isolation.

A reminder of Covid-19 symptoms:

  • Feeling unwell with a new and persistent cough
  • A high temperature
  • Loss of/or change in your normal sense of taste or smell.

What to do if you feel unwell and are experiencing symptoms.

If you experience any Covid-19 symptoms, you must not enter any school. Let your agency and school know you will not be in and arrange to be tested. If you test positive, you will need to inform the school immediately as well as your agency and stay at home for a minimum of 10 days or until you are better. However, you do not need to self-isolate if after 10 days you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. If possible, contact people whom you have had close contact with in the previous 48 hours to let them know.

Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website

Symptoms can be managed by drinking lots of water and safe use of paracetamol.

If your symptoms worsen, remember you can contact the NHS for advice online NHS 111 online COVID-19 service, or telephone NHS 111 and 999 for a medical emergency.

What to do if you have come into contact with someone who is symptomatic or has tested positive or if someone in your household experiences Covid-19 symptoms.  

If you come into contact with anyone who has symptoms or who has tested positive, you must self-isolate immediately, let the agency and school know, and stay at home for 14 days. If a person in your household tests positive for Covid-19 then you must stay at home for 14 days or longer, if during those 14 days, you then develop symptoms and also test positive, you must stay at home for a further 10 days from when you first experienced symptoms. To read more about the official guidance click here  stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

If you have been contacted by the track and trace system that

If you are informed that you have come into contact with someone testing positive for Covid-19, then you must also notify the school and agency, stay at home for 14 days and get tested. If you test positive and experience symptoms you will need to stay at home for further 10 days from when you first experienced symptoms and you are well. However, you do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

When can your period of self-isolation end?

10 days after you first experienced symptoms and you are well.

14 days from when you have been informed that someone in your household has tested positive or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive because they have informed you or you have been contacted by the Track and Trace service, and you feel well, having not tested positive.

If after self-isolating for 10 days and you are feeling well but you have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, you can end your self-isolation, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.