Guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection
This guidance is for:
- people with symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19, including those who are waiting for a test.
- people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result (whether or not they have symptoms).
- people who currently live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms, or with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Self-isolation following a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test
- How to minimise interacting with others during self-isolation
- Your health and wellbeing
- Negative test after experiencing symptoms
- Employees in care home, the NHS or a primary school
- Example of household self-isolation
- Further information
Negative test result
If your PCR test result is negative but you still have symptoms, you may have another virus such as a cold or flu. You should stay at home until you feel well. Seek medical attention if you are concerned about your symptoms.
You can stop isolating as long as:
- you are well;
- no-one else in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19; and / or
- you have not been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
Anyone in your household who is isolating because of your symptoms can also stop isolating.