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One in four adults in England ignores self-isolation rules, survey finds


One in four adults in England testing positive for Covid-19 no longer follows the rules for self-isolation, suggests a new survey.

Some 75% of those polled said they had fully complied with isolation requirements for the entire 10-day period after testing positive for the coronavirus. That figure is down from 78% in September and 86% in May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which compiled the survey.

The latest figures are based on responses collected from adults in England between November 1-6.

The ONS called the drop from May to November “statistically significant”.

The survey also found that one in four adults (25%) said they performed at least one activity during self-isolation that was against requirements, such as leaving their home or having visitors for reasons not authorized by the rules.

This is an increase from 22% in the September survey.

Tim Gibbs, head of the ONS Utilities Analysis Team, said: “The latest results show that although the majority of people who test positive for Covid-19 meet the self-isolation requirements, there is there has been a decrease since the start of this year.

“It is important that we continue to self-isolate when necessary in order to keep everyone safe and to stop the spread of the virus, especially as we move into the winter months. “

Some 74% of 18- to 34-year-olds said they fully followed the rules for self-isolation – up from 82% in September.
About a third (34%) of those who tested positive said that self-isolation had a negative effect on their well-being and mental health.

This figure is unchanged from September, but down from 42% in July.

The ONS added that the numbers should be treated with caution, as the survey was based on a relatively small sample of respondents who chose to report their own behavior.

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