Self-Isolation Explained As Sajid Javid Tackles ‘Curse Of The Ping’

With cases of Coronavirus rising across the UK, you may have been inflicted with “the curse of the ping” recently.

By “ping”, we mean a notification from the NHS Test and Trace app, which alerts you of the need to self-isolate after a potential contact with Covid.

The Duchess of Cambridge got one on Monday, forcing her to isolate on the day she was due to mark the 73rd anniversary of the NHS with a service at St Paul’s Cathedral and a tea party at Buckingham Palace. Meanwhile, half a million school children are said to be isolating in the final weeks of the summer term after many school bubbles have burst.

While we can (hopefully) agree that it’s a necessary evil, it doesn’t stop a surprise quarantine from being annoying. And of course, it poses a real problem for those who can’t work from home and have to contend with the Test and Trace financial support scheme.

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