Today is the last day a person can test positive for coronavirus and not ruin Christmas Day. There are clear instructions on what to do if you test positive for Covid-19
Today is the last day a person can test positive for the coronavirus and not ruin Christmas.
Cases of the Omicron variant are on the rise and measures have been taken by the government to stop the spread.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced Plan B restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, which is now believed to be infecting around 200,000 people every day.
Current rules regarding testing mean that Tuesday, December 14 is the last day that a person can test positive and have to isolate without missing Christmas Day.
One of the problems with the variant is that it is believed to be more transmissible than previous variants.
Though this is not yet proven, a more transmissible variant will be harder to stop, particularly as it is believed to be more resistant to vaccines.
Booster jabs and the measures brought in by the government such as mask-wearing, vaccine passports and working from home are designed to slow down the spread of Omicron and help the NHS with dealing with hospital cases.
What to do if you test positive for coronavirus
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If you test positive for coronavirus, then you must isolate for 10 days from the day you first started having symptoms. Testing positive on a lateral flow test means that you must then take a PCR test.
If you start having symptoms from Wednesday, December 15, then you will not be able to spend Christmas Day with any people you are not already living with.
For those that do not have symptoms, the 10 days start from the day you take the test.
Self-isolating means that you do not go to work, public places or school and you should avoid all use of public transport and taxis.
Food and medicine should be ordered by phone and you should not have visitors to your home. You should avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as you can.
When to self-isolate
You need to self-isolate straight away if you have any of these three symptoms of COVID-19:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
This applies even if symptoms are mild.
As soon as you have any of these symptoms, you should get a PCR test on Gov.uk to confirm that you have the virus.
The NHS states that you must also self-isolate if:
- you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 – this means you have the virus
- someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate – check below if this applies to you)
- you’ve been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive
What if I have different symptoms?
The new Omicron variant is known to have slightly different symptoms than that of other variants.
Further research into the variant is already underway, aimed at confirming if Omicron is more resistant to the vaccine, more transmissible and if the symptoms are more severe.
The World Health Organisation said: “It is not yet clear whether infection with Omicron causes more severe disease compared to infections with other variants, including Delta.”
The five symptoms associated with the new variant are believed to be:
- A scratchy throat (as opposed to a sore throat)
- A dry cough
Mild muscle aches
- Night sweats
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.