Guidance on testing
- Only the person who has developed symptoms needs to take a test.
- The test is best taken within 5 days of symptoms starting.
- The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
- The tests will only tell you if you have coronavirus at the time of testing.
- All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days (unless they get symptoms – 10 days. If test –ve continue 14 days)
- The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
- Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
- Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If a person tests negative, feels well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can stop self-isolating.*
*If isolating due to quarantine or due to a member of household having symptoms or testing positive (had contact with a confirmed case) you must complete your 14 day quarantine period.