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Importance of self-isolation

Published: 09 Aug 2020 00:01

Test and Protect vital to containing spread of COVID-19.

Following the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Aberdeen, people are reminded of the importance of self-isolation to control the spread of the virus.

Once a positive case is identified, contact tracers will call all of their close contacts and advise them to self-isolate for 14 days.

Calls from contact tracers will come from one number – 0800 0308 012 – and the identity of the positive case will not be disclosed.

Interim Chief Medical Officer Gregor Smith said:

“Test and Protect is vital to help us suppress the virus and identify any local outbreaks like the one in Aberdeen.

“It is crucial that people who are identified as close contacts of a positive index case follow the advice given by the contact tracer and self-isolate for 14 days.

“If you are a contact of a positive case you must still self-isolate even if you get a negative test result. A negative result is not a substitute for self-isolating as people can be asymptomatic and test positive at a later date.

“Self-isolation, as part of the Test and Protect system, will help us contain the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown.”

Background

Test and Protect was rolled out across Scotland on 28 May 2020.

People with any of the following symptoms should self-isolate and book a test at nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or call 0800 028 2816 if they are unable to access the online service:

  • a high temperature or fever
  • a new continuous cough 
  • a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste