The council has attempted to answer a number of frequently asked questions about the current Covid-19 situation in its weekly ‘Be Winter Well’ newsletter.
A spokesman said: “Over recent weeks there has been a number of changes to guidance which may have caused some confusion, especially while you were enjoying the festive
"Below is a quick guide to the main things you need to know.”
I am feeling generally unwell but don’t have any of the three main symptoms of cough, temperature or loss of taste of smell – am I okay to go to work / school?
Although the three main symptoms do remain a good indicator, while community transmission is so high we would recommend that anybody feeling ‘generally unwell’ uses a Lateral Flow Test. If that is positive then you should self isolate and organise for a PCR test.
Somebody I live with has tested positive, can I still go to work / school?
Vaccinated persons and children: Any person aged under 18 years and 6 months and / or fully vaccinated do not need to isolate if they are well, however you are strongly advised to take a Lateral Flow Test every day for 7 days, before leaving the house.
People who are not fully vaccinated: Any person not fully vaccinated and living in the same household as someone with COVID-19 are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate.
What if I do not have any LFTs available?
If you are living with somebody who is positive (or have been identified as a close contact) but do not have any LFTs to hand, we would advise that you either order some online immediately or ask a friend to collect from a local pharmacy (reminder you no longer need a code to do this).
Until you have access to an LFT we would recommend that you self-isolate as a precaution.
I have tested positive, how long do I have to isolate for?
The self-isolation advice for people with Covid-19 has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFT tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFT test should not be taken before the sixth day.