COVID-19 Information and Advice

COVID-19 Information and advice

COVID-19 Update:

Self-isolation ends for double vaccinated people and those under the age of 18 

From 16 August, people who have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or are under 18, who are not displaying any symptoms, are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. (This exemption only applies if they have had the second vaccine more than 14 days before contact with a positive case). 

It is, however, recommended that people should take a PCR test if they have been in close contact with a positive case, to ensure they are clear of the virus. Anyone with a positive result will still be required to isolate.

Double vaccinated people, identified as close contacts are still at risk of being infected, and are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. They will not be required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of the PCR test. 

More information can be found on the government website.


Support for long COVID

Many people recovering from COVID-19 are still coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both their body and mind and are still trying to shake off the effects of the virus. The symptoms are wide-ranging and fluctuating, and can include breathlessness, chronic fatigue, “brain fog”, anxiety and stress. The NHS in South West London has create a web page to share self-help resources and links to local service that are available to people who are experiencing long COVID (which you may also hear referred to as post COVID): https://www.swlondon.nhs.uk/ourwork/long-covid-recovery/.

You can share your experiences of long COVID with Healthwatch via the links at the bottom of the web page, to help improve the support and services that are available.

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Latest COVID-19 Guidance

See the government website on the latest advice to stay safe and help prevent the spread of the virus. 

Useful information 

How to book your vaccine. 

Information and guidance from the government about its response to the virus.

Information and advice from the NHS on symptoms, how to avoid the spread of the virus and what to do if you need medical help. 

How to book a free coronavirus test in Sutton if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 

How to get a free Rapid test (LFT test) in Sutton if you do not have symptoms. 

Information and advice on self-isolation and social distancing from Public Health England. 

International travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

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