If you test positive using a lateral flow test:
- you must self-isolate immediately
- you do not need to get a confirmatory PCR test.
Read more: Confirmatory PCR tests to be temporarily suspended for positive lateral flow test results.
When to stop self-isolating
You can stop self-isolating after 7 days if you do a lateral flow (rapid) test on days 5 and 6 of your self-isolation and:
- both tests are negative
- you did both tests at least 24 hours apart
- you do not have a high temperature.
Otherwise, you must continue to self-isolate up to 10 days.
How long to self-isolate
Help if you test positive
You may be entitled to a £500 Test and Trace support payment, if you test positive. The government has set out this eligibility criteria, which may include getting a confirmatory PCR test.
Find out more and apply for a Test and Trace support payment
You can also contact Herts Help for any support when you’re self-isolating, including shopping, pet care or staying connected with people.
You do not need to self-isolate.
If you get symptoms of COVID-19 at any point, you must book a PCR test.
A negative rapid test result doesn't constitute a 'green pass' and doesn't change the current national rules we all need to follow.