If you have been advised to self-isolate through a non-LSE Trace process such as the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace system, you should notify the School as soon as possible via the Report My Symptoms tool or weekly Wellness Check-in. As soon as you notify us, we can send you an email from LSE Trace which contains information on where to get support while self-isolating.
As of 16 August 2021, double-vaccinated individuals and under 18s who are identified as close contacts will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to check if they have the virus and for variants of concern. People can order a PCR home test online or by calling 119, or going to a test site.
As double-vaccinated people identified as close contacts are still at risk of being infected, people are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. They will not be required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of the PCR test.
Double-vaccinated adults will no longer be required to self-isolate from 16 August, as long as they received their final dose of an MHRA-approved vaccine in the UK vaccination programme at least 14 days prior to contact with a positive case.
Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age in order to break onward chains of transmission. Meanwhile anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and get a PCR test, and remain in isolation until the result comes back.
You may also need to self-isolate if you have arrived from outside of the UK, depending on which country you arrive from or travel through. The most up to date information on UK quarantine rules can be found online.
If quarantine controls are in place for your home country at the time of your arrival in London, you will be able to quarantine in your LSE hall of residence if you have booked a place to stay in halls. Residences staff will provide you with support and guidance on how to do this safely in your hall.
For official NHS medical advice, contact NHS 111.