Your COVID-19 test result is negative. What happens next?

Ensure that you check your situation below. People advised to stay at home while awaiting test results may not be able to return to daily life, even if their test is negative. For example, those who have symptoms, or who have been in contact with a case may need to stay at home longer.

If you have a negative result, but you develop symptoms of COVID-19 later, please stay at home and ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice. You may still have COVID-19 if you have been tested too early or too late in your illness, as the test may not have picked up the virus. 

What happens next?

Click through the guide to check your next steps.


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