Actions to take if your test is positive or negative
You and your household need to self-isolate for the advised length of time, even if you or they later test negative during the isolation period.
If your positive result is from a lateral flow (LFD) test, you need to get a PCR test within 48 hours to confirm the result. You should still isolate until you get the PCR result
If you live with others:
You do not need to take another test before returning to school or work but you must be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school or work (if you still have a cough, but are otherwise well, you can return).
You may still need to self-isolate.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive you need to self-isolate for 10 days. This is the case even if you test negative for COVID-19. You cannot return to work or school during this self-isolation period.
You can stop self-isolating if:
The whole household or support bubble must self-isolate. This is true even if you do not have symptoms or you’ve had a negative test.
If you are self-isolating you should only get a test if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 yourself.
It is important to reduce the spread of the virus within your household: