Quarter of people with Covid no longer self-isolating, survey suggests

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A survey shows that a quarter of people are now flouting Covid self-isolation rules even after leaving home or approaching visitors.

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One in four adults (25 per cent) in England said they did not fully comply with isolation requirements for a full 10-day period after catching the coronavirus.

Polls conducted by the Office for National Statistics suggested that the proportion of people ignoring the rules has been increasing since the spring.

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in September, our data showed that 22 per cent of people were not self-isolating after testing positive, compared to 20 per cent in July and 13 per cent in May.

The ONS described the increasing number of non-compliant adults in England from May to November as “statistically significant”.

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Some 25 percent admitted to having carried out at least one activity during self-isolation that broke rules, such as leaving home or having visitors not allowed under the law – 22 in a September survey more than a percentage.

A poll conducted between November 1 and 6 also found that nearly a third (34 per cent) of those who tested positive for Covid reported that self-isolation had a negative impact on their well-being and mental health.

The ONS added a note of caution about the statistics, saying that only a “small number” (976) participated in the survey and were asked to report their own behavior.

The respondents were 18 years of age and above and had tested positive for coronavirus and had reached the 10th day of their self-isolation period between October 31 and November 3.

Tim Gibbs, head of the ONS Public Services Analysis Team, said that “although the majority of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 are adhering to self-isolation requirements, there has been a decrease since the beginning of this year”.

He added: “It is important that we continue to self-isolate when necessary to help keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of the virus, especially as we move into the winter months.”

It remains a legal requirement to self-isolate when asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace, with people fined if they do not.

People who must self-isolate include those who have symptoms of COVID (a high temperature, cough or loss of smell or taste) or have tested positive, and those who have symptoms or have tested positive .

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