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What to do if you get coronavirus symptoms again

You must stay at home (self-isolate) again and ask for a test if you get symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) more than once.

The symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You must also self-isolate again if someone you live with (or someone in your support bubble) gets symptoms again.

What is a support bubble?

A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from 1 other household.

Find out more about meeting people from outside your household on GOV.UK.

You must self-isolate again even if you've had a positive test result for coronavirus before. You probably have some immunity to coronavirus but it's not clear how long it will last.

You must not leave your home if you're self-isolating.

  • Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started.
  • Anyone who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person started having symptoms. This is because it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.

Read more about when to self-isolate and what to do.

Page last reviewed: 7 August 2020
Next review due: 14 August 2020