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Contact Tracing

Lancashire COVID-19 Flowchart

When we learn that someone has tested positive for COVID-19 we ask them for the following information, so that we can work out who they may have been in contact with whilst contagious.


1) Have you had any 'cardinal' COVID-19 Symptoms, and which ones?

High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) and/ or

A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) and/ or

A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal and/ or


Have you had any other symptoms?


2) What day/ time did you started experiencing these symptoms?

And/ or

What day/ time that you were tested (especially if you have had no cardinal symptoms)?


3) Please identify anyone from school (staff or pupils) that you were in contact with

in the 2 days before any symptoms began/ before your test (whichever was earlier)


up to 10 days after cardinal symptoms began/ after your test (if no cardinal symptoms)

Who you were in a room with for an extended period of time, with or without PPE, (e.g. a shared classroom all day)


Who you were 1-2 metres away from, without PPE, for more than 15 minutes (e.g. sharing an office, or close pupil supervision)


Who you were less than 1 metre away from, without PPE, for more than 1 minute (e.g. a private conversation)


Who you may have coughed on, without PPE


Who you may have had skin-to-skin contact with


Who you may have shared a small vehicle with

The criteria for who needs to self-isolate are evolving as more scientific knowledge emerges, and there are not hard and fast rules for what does/not trigger self-isolation, however the above questions and below scenarios guide our decisions.