When it comes to Covid-19, we all know that ensuring infected individuals and their close contacts isolate is one of our most powerful tools for controlling transmission.
We know that someone with the virus can remain infectious to other people for up to 10 days after developing symptoms. It can take up to 14 days for individuals to develop coronavirus symptoms after they catch the virus, and in this time, they can unknowingly pass it on to others, even if they don’t have symptoms. Self-isolating helps prevent family, friends and the community from contracting coronavirus, as well as helping to protect the health and care system.
However, we also know that the need to self-isolate can cause financial pressures for those on low incomes and the self employed. As a result of this the Government is providing a new Test and Trace Support Payment of a £500 lump sum payment for those on low incomes to support them if they cannot work during their self-isolation period.