Covid-19 in Newham

How to stay safe

Thank you for everything you are doing to help keep Newham safe. Together, we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and get back to living life as fully as we want to.

To keep yourself, your loved ones and communities safe, please follow this guidance:

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

You should self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website. The most important symptoms to look out for are:

  • A fever / high temperature
  • A new continuous cough (coughing for 1 hour, 3 coughing episodes in 24 hours)
  • A change or loss of taste or smell.

If you have these symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 you must:

  • Stay home for 10 days (or until 48 hours after your fever ends, whichever is longer). This still applies if you have been double vaccinated.

Note: It is the law to self-isolate. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19 and you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate. Find out more about fines on the government website.

Delta variant symptoms

Also look out for these additional symptoms which are common for the Delta variant of COVID-19 – if in doubt, get tested:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Blocked / runny nose
  • Aching muscles
  • Long-lasting headache
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Feeling tired and unwell

If you are in close contact with someone who has or tests positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 is highly infectious and you are still at risk of getting the virus. Please remember: hands, face, space, fresh air.

Follow the guidance below if you are in close contact with someone who has symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19.

If you are not vaccinated:

  • You are legally required to self-isolate for 10 days (or until 48 hours after your fever ends, whichever is longer) and get tested. You can order a test by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website.
  • If you have been contacted by NHS Test & Trace and told to isolate, they will tell you how many days you need to isolate for.

Find out more about self-isolation on the Government's stay at home page.

You may be able to get financial and other support when isolating. Contact the COVID-19 Helpline on 020 7473 9711 or [email protected]

Note: It is the law to self-isolate. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19 and you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate. Find out more about fines on the government website.

Book your vaccine, or attend a walk-in clinic.

If you are double vaccinated (had two doses):

  • You should take a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19. While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate, unless you have COVID symptoms. Please remember to take actions to avoid the virus spreading to others: hands, face, space, and fresh air.
  • If your test is negative, you do not need to self-isolate but should take extra precautions during the seven days after. If you work with vulnerable people you should take daily lateral flow / rapid tests for seven days. Find out more about guidance for NHS and social care staff on the NHS website.
  • You will need to wait until two weeks after your second dose to be eligible for these new rules, so the vaccine has time to build the maximum possible protection.

If you are under 18 years old:

  • You should take a PCR test to check if you have the virus (see guidance above if you test positive for the virus).
  • You are no longer legally required to self-isolate but to protect yourself and especially those who are vulnerable, you should be careful to follow: hands, face, space, fresh air. 

Note: Shielding has been paused, guidance for those who were shielding is available on the Government's website.

Close contact means:

  • Someone in your household who has symptoms of or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • The following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:
    • Face-to-face contact - including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
    • Been less than one metre apart for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
    • Been within 1-2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
    • Travelling in the same vehicle or plane

A contact is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You can be a contact any time from 2 days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms (or, if they did not have any symptoms, from 2 days before the date their positive test was taken), and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others. 

Contacts of people with symptoms can stop isolating if the person with symptoms receives a negative PCR test.