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Why do people still need to take the day 5 and day 6 LFD if there is no legal requirement to self-isolate?

Covid-19 has not gone away so it will still be important to detect whether positive cases remain infectious. If you continue to test positive, protective measures and action can be taken to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable.

If you test positive - self-isolate for at least 5 days if you test positive for COVID-19. You should take a Lateral Flow Device Test (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.

It is recommended that test results - negative or positive – are recorded on the UK Government portal report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (opens in new tab). We need to be aware of cases to help protect others.

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