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