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Testing Positive


If you have tested positive for coronavirus you need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

The 10 days start from when your symptoms started. If you have not had symptoms, the 10 days start from when you had the test.


Self-isolation

Self-isolation means to stay at home in order to stop the spread of the virus.
 
If you are self-isolating you must:
  • not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • not go on public transport or use taxis
  • not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one


When can I stop isolating

You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if either:
 
  • you do not have any symptoms
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone

Keep self-isolating if you feel unwell and consider contacting your GP if you have not already done so.

Use NHS 111 Online Coronavirus service if:
 
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days 

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
 
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