After a positive COVID test result
If you have a positive COVID test, you should stay at home to stop the virus spreading. This is the same after a positive LFT, DiaSorin or PCR test.
If you have a positive LFT test, you can
register your result. Your employer may ask you to do this; it also helps us keep track of the COVID situation on the island.
You do not need to book a PCR test after a positive LFT result and you do not need to call the COVID helpline.
If you have a clinical condition that puts your immune system at risk, you should speak to your GP within 5 days of starting to experience symptoms, as you may be eligible for anti-viral treatment.
It's a good idea to tell people you have spent a lot of time with over the last 3 days that you have tested positive. They should watch out for symptoms and avoid contact with vulnerable people for at least 10 days after contact with you.
If you attend a nursery, school or college, you or your parent or carer should let them know that you have tested positive.
When to get back to normal
After a positive test, you should plan to stay at home for a minimum of 5 days.
After 5 days, and once you have been symptom free for 48 hours, this is a good sign that you are no longer infectious and can go back to your normal routine. This includes children returning to school or nursery.
A negative lateral flow test before you return to your normal routine can give you extra reassurance that you are no longer infectious.
You should avoid meeting people at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 or visiting health and care settings, for 10 days after your positive test.
Returning to work
Some employers or job roles may have different requirements on when you can return to your workplace after a positive test. You should check requirements with your employer.
There are specific additional requirements for people working in healthcare and vulnerable settings.
Safe Places: additional guidance for selected places and services
Support whilst isolating
If you develop severe COVID-19 symptoms or are worried about your condition, contact your GP or call 999 in an emergency.
If you're unable to work because you're unwell and isolating after a positive test, you may be able to claim Short Term Incapacity Allowance.