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If my Rapid Antigen Test comes back Negative, Do I still have to isolate?

If your results came negative on days 5 and 6 of your isolation period you are able to end your isolate period after 5 days of staying in the isolation.

From Monday, January 17th, people who are negative after two tests taken on day 5 & day 6 of isolation and those who have no symptoms i.e. high temperature are able to leave and end their quarantine period on the 5th day.

  • This will help the public industries and supply chains working during the winter times and people will not have to stay in isolation without any reason.
  •  If someone is still positive on the LFD test they will remain isolated until they come negative on two different tests taken on different days with gaps in between them.

This is a decision made very carefully by UKHSA to keep the public workplace functionality during winter so that everyone can go to work if they are negative. However, it is very important that they have taken two LFD’s and came negative on both lateral flow test results. Here it is important to understand how we should take these tests. First LFT must be taken on the 5th day of your isolation and if you came out positive on this LFT you will then take tests on days 6 and 7 before you are able to end your self-isolation period. If a person wants to end their quarantine before 10 days it is very crucial that they take these two tests on consecutive days.

For example, if he or she is tested positive on day 5 then he/she will take a test on days 6 and 7 and if they came positive on day 6 lateral flow test they will take a test on day 7 and day 8 so this is how it works. It is not rocket science and very simple to understand they will do this until the end of day 10 of their self-isolation period.

Anyone who is leaving the isolation period on day 6 is still advised to follow all measures like wearing a mask and maintaining distance and all other things that are required by them. The already existing health measure is still in place to be followed

  1. Stay away from crowded places
  2. Washing your hands and maintaining distance
  3. Taking the free COVID-19 vaccination
  4. If you are not feeling well stay at home

Please Note: Rules and Changes occur regularly and are provided by the Government. This information is for info learning. If you are traveling and are unsure where to check, please do so by visiting the GOV.UK site.

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