It is coming up to two years of being in COVID this March and it feels like we are exactly we were when COVID first started. I know that we have the vaccine, however, with new variants still arising and the infection rate still high, it feels like we can’t see any improvements. 

Seeing this happen is making people feel down, upset, anxious and much more. We are in and out of lockdowns and it’s becoming to take a toll on many people. Yet, there is going to be an outcome and it’s going to be a good one. 

At the moment, we don’t know how far away this positive outcome will be. However, we have to stay together, support each other and keep connected with others. New rules are being put in place so here are the main rules. 

New Isolation rules for people who test positive with COVID-19!

  1. The self-isolating period is changing from 10 to 7 days.
  2. On days 6 and 7 of self-isolation you should take a rapid lateral flow test 24hrs apart.
  3. If both tests are negative, you can stop self-isolating.

New rules for people who are in contact with people who are positive!

  1. 14 days after you have had both the first and second jab, you do not need to self-isolate if you are over the age of 18yrs and 6 months. 
  2. It is advised that you do a lateral flow test every day for seven days or do a PCR test.
  3. If you haven’t had any COVID vaccines, you are required to self-isolate if you are over the age of 18yrs and 6 months.

What do I do if I get COVID before my booster jab?

If you get covid whilst still not having your COVID booster jab, you will have to wait 28 days after you have recovered from COVID to be able to have the booster jab. 

What are the other rules? 

  1. Night clubs are closed and pubs and bars will return to table service only.
  2. In Wales, you have to work from home unless absolutely necessary, otherwise you’ll get a £60 fine. 
  3. In certain venues, it is law to check that you have been fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test or have an exemption. 
  4. Face coverings are now law in the majority of places. 
  5. Meeting outdoors when possible is preferred. 

Here are more measures that have been placed – What are the new Covid rules for the UK? 

If you are struggling with your mental health and wellbeing, here is where you can get support – We all need help sometimes!

Overall, COVID-19 is still around, a new variant has hit and more people are becoming positive. However, the new variant looks like it has less of an impact to those who contract it yet it spreads faster.