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How long to self-isolate

Find out how long you need to self isolate for if you or someone you live with has any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or has tested positive for coronavirus.

You usually have to self-isolate for 10 full days if you've tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you've been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you may have to self-isolate for 10 full days.

You might need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.

You will not need to self-isolate in certain situations. Read more about when to self-isolate and what to do.


If you have symptoms and have not had a test, stay at home and get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19 on GOV.UK.

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