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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.

If you've tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you usually have to self-isolate for 10 full days. You may be able to leave self-isolation after 5 full days if certain conditions are met.

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.

While you're self-isolating:

  • you can get help with everyday tasks, like collecting shopping or medicines, from an NHS volunteer
  • you might be able to get sick pay or other types of financial support if you're not able to work

Find out about help and financial support while you're self-isolating

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