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Do I have to self-isolate if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, to keep people safe and reduce the risk of transmission, public health advice is to self-isolate and order a lateral flow test. The legal requirement to self-isolate ended on 28 March 2022

You can order a test online (opens in new tab) or call 119 between the hours of 7am and 11pm (people with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119).

The main COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you test positive - self-isolate for at least 5 days. You should take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) on day 5 and day 6. If either LFD is positive, you should remain in isolation until you have negative LFDs on two consecutive days, or on day 10, whichever is sooner.

If you still have a high temperature after 5 full days, even if the LFD is negative, you should continue to self-isolate until your temperature has returned to normal.

If you still have a high temperature after 7 full days, even if the LFD is negative, you should continue to self-isolate until your temperature has returned to normal.

If you test negative – you no longer need to isolate.

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