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If you or someone you live with gets coronavirus symptoms again

You may need to stay at home (self-isolate) again if you or someone you live with gets symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) more than once.

It depends if you had a coronavirus test before and, if you had a test, what your result was.

The main test results are negative (you did not have coronavirus) or positive (you had coronavirus).

Information:

For medical advice about your symptoms, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

If you did not have a test or it was negative

You should self-isolate again if you or someone you live with gets coronavirus symptoms and you did not have a test before, or you tested negative.

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

If you're self-isolating, no one should leave your home for any reason.

  • Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started.
  • Anyone who does not have symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms. This is because it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.

Read more about self-isolation if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms.

If you had a test and it was positive

You do not need to self-isolate again if you've tested positive for coronavirus before.

  • If you get symptoms and you've tested positive before, no one in your home needs to self-isolate.
  • If someone you live with gets symptoms, anyone who has not tested positive before should self-isolate again.

Page last reviewed: 18 May 2020
Next review due: 25 May 2020