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What to do if you get coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms again

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you get symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) again and you either:

  • have a high temperature
  • do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people even if you've had a positive test result for COVID-19 before.

You probably have some immunity to the virus but it's not clear how long it lasts.

Take extra care to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better or do not have a high temperature.

Find out more about what to do if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19


There's more advice:

Who needs to do a COVID-19 test

Free testing for COVID-19 from the NHS has ended for most people in England.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are no longer required to do a rapid lateral flow or PCR test.

If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.

You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

Find out more about who can get a free NHS COVID-19 test

Page last reviewed: 24 October 2022
Next review due: 24 April 2023