How long do I self-isolate for if I have symptoms or I’ve tested positive?

You must self-isolate for at least 10 days if:

·         you have symptoms of coronavirus and you tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test

·         you tested positive but have not had symptoms

If you have symptoms, the 10 days start from when they started.

If you have not had symptoms, the 10 days start from when you had the test. But if you get symptoms after your test, self-isolate for a further 10 days from when your symptoms start.

Stop self-isolating after 10 days if you feel OK

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

Keep self-isolating if you have any of these symptoms after 10 days:

  • a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery
  • a runny nose or sneezing
  • feeling or being sick
  • diarrhoea

Only stop self-isolating when these symptoms have gone.

If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they’ve stopped.