Encouraging self-isolation to prevent the spread of Covid-19
The guidance explains the best ways to encourage self-isolation
07 September 2020
In ‘Encouraging self-isolation to prevent the spread of Covid-19’, experts from the BPS share recommendations to help the public, health workers and test and trace call handlers appreciate the importance of self-isolation and practical ways to achieve this.
Lead author, Professor Madelynne Arden, said:
“The NHS test and trace services and local public health teams have been working to identify people at risk and to instruct them to self-isolate, but adherence has been low.
This new guidance acknowledges the barriers to self-isolation that many experience and provides advice on ways to overcome them.”
Key recommendations include:
- More focus on explaining the big difference those who self-isolate make, keeping themselves and their local community safe.
- Employers should give staff confidence that self-isolation is normal, valued and an acceptable thing to do.
- Encourage people to make self-isolation plans in advance.
- Local services should offer support to those self-isolating, ensuring they have essential supplies and any dependents are looked after.
- Fines should only be used as a last resort and only used in extreme examples of rule breaking.
- It is important that people understand the difference between self-isolation and social isolation/lockdown.