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

Ensure that you check your situation below. People advised to stay in self-isolation while awaiting test results may need to remain in self-isolation, even if their test is negative.

If you have a negative result, but you develop symptoms of COVID-19 later –  new or worsening cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, runny nose, loss of smell with or without a fever – 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, so the test may not have picked up the virus now developing.

People who are sick should stay at home until well or as directed by their doctor

What happens next?

Check to see whether you can leave self-isolation immediately.


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