2022 brings some changes to COVID-19 testing guidance

6 January 2022

The government has announced a number of changes in COVID-19 testing guidance this New Year.

From 11 January, if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. However, you must self-isolate immediately.

If you test positive, via a lateral flow test OR a PCR test, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you did the test, if via lateral flow) and continues for the next 10 full days.

However, those who test positive can now stop self-isolating after seven days if they do a rapid lateral flow test on days six and seven of the self-isolation period and:

  • Both tests are negative
  • Both tests have been conducted at least 24 hours apart
  • They do not have a high temperature

If you stop self-isolating on or after day seven, it's important that you take steps to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 to others. This means you should work from home if you can, wear a face covering when required and limit contact with people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. If, after 10 days, you continue to test positive, have a high temperature or feel unwell, keep self-isolating and seek medical advice.

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