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Do I REALLY have to self isolate?

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BusyBB Sun 22-Nov-20 17:25:04

So I got a notification from track and trace app to isolate for 10 days.

Called work, a care home where we always wear masks, and have had a test on site. One of my close colleagues has tested positive, but the day that she had tested didn't tally up with the days I had been told to isolate for. If the days did tally up, I would be able to go to work and ignore the message to self isolate.

But guess what, the day I last saw her (two days before she tested) does tally up with how many days i have to isolate for!

I haven't been anywhere else except to see my dad (support bubble, who hasnt tested positive) and occasionally in the shop, but would not have been within two meters of some one for 15 minutes and always wearing a mask.

So am I being unreasonable to think I shouldn't have to isolate if my test comes back negative?

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Lockheart Sun 22-Nov-20 17:28:04

So I got a notification from track and trace app to isolate for 10 days.

There's your answer.

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Sun 22-Nov-20 17:28:21

Yes you do. Test and trace (not track and trace) contact everyone who had contact in the 48 hours before symptoms began as that’s the contagious period.

Iwantcollarbones Sun 22-Nov-20 17:29:05

My dd received notification to isolate so she did. Where she is they test those who have been in contact on day 1, 5 and 10. She felt fine and tested negative on day one, however she tested positive on day 5.

There is a reason they tell you to isolate

vanillandhoney Sun 22-Nov-20 17:29:17


A negative test is irrelevant here.

LadyCatStark Sun 22-Nov-20 17:30:04

Erm... yes you do...

dementedpixie Sun 22-Nov-20 17:30:09

Your Bluetooth has obviously decided you were close enough for long enough to trigger the isolation text. It doesn't matter if you test negative as you could be in the incubation period.

Pacif1cDogwood Sun 22-Nov-20 17:30:18

Yes, you do.

IME the advice from Test and Trace is really robust and clear. Not sure what you are unsure about.

LuaDipa Sun 22-Nov-20 17:30:20

False negatives are a thing. You should do as requested.

LIZS Sun 22-Nov-20 17:30:52

She would have been infectious up to 48 hours prior to symptoms. T and T asks for contacts in that period.

Nottherealslimshady Sun 22-Nov-20 17:31:04

Yes you have to isolate because you got told to isolate.

FippertyGibbett Sun 22-Nov-20 17:31:22

Turn the app off 😉

FippertyGibbett Sun 22-Nov-20 17:31:46

After you’ve isolated.

BusyBB Sun 22-Nov-20 17:33:52

Thanks for correction, I'm obviously behind the times!

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Ffsnosexallowed Sun 22-Nov-20 17:34:19

Check with your employer. Where i work (nhs) if we're told to isolate because of a positive colleague we can get further advice/investigation by our local health protection team.

BusyBB Sun 22-Nov-20 17:35:33

Yeah, we leave all our bags in the office together :$

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BusyBB Sun 22-Nov-20 17:37:11

@Ffsnosexallowed yeah it was my employer who say if I'd been asked to isolate for 12 days instead of 10 I could ignore it.

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Longtalljosie Sun 22-Nov-20 17:38:23

I’m involved in some Covid management at work. A lot of people have a contact, get a test quickly, test negative then fall ill 4/5 days later and test positive.

Bluetrews25 Sun 22-Nov-20 17:39:05

The app doesn't know that you are all wearing masks.
Discuss with your manager.

FippertyGibbett Sun 22-Nov-20 17:40:00

We have been told to wear a mask at all times in work so that if someone tests positive we don’t have to isolate.

BusyBB Sun 22-Nov-20 17:40:16

It seems that really ALL my colleagues should be isolating then, but not all of us have downloaded the app! Feel like I've tried to do the right thing but now ending up missing out on pay because of it!

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dementedpixie Sun 22-Nov-20 17:40:31

If your phone is not on your person then I would turn tracking off and then turn it back on when you have it with you again.

How close would you have been to your colleague in the 48 hours before she got symptoms?

AcornAutumn Sun 22-Nov-20 17:41:14


Turn the app off 😉

Seriously, I’m a bit confused. Are you saying it doesn’t add up and only the app told you?

My understanding is that if I had the app, the thin wall between my bedroom and next door’s bedroom would think we were in the same place!

dementedpixie Sun 22-Nov-20 17:41:28

And I didn't think masks stopped you having to isolate unless you were wearing proper PPE

BusyBB Sun 22-Nov-20 17:43:23


Yeah I did discuss that we've been wearing masks and it couldn't have been from anywhere else with the covid officer at work!

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