What to do if you’ve been in close contact with someone with Covid-19

The NHS Test and Trace contact tracing service has now closed. If the NHS Covid-19 app advises you to self-isolate, please update the app to the latest version.

You are no longer required by law to stay at home (self-isolate).

If you live with someone who has Covid-19 or stayed overnight in their household, you are more likely to catch Covid-19. It can take up to 10 days for your Covid-19 infection to develop. This means you could pass on the virus to other people, even if you do not have symptoms.

Therefore, to help reduce the chance of passing on Covid-19 to others, you can take the following steps:

  • avoid contact with the person who has Covid-19 as much as you can
  • avoid contact with people at higher-risk from Covid-19
  • limit contact with people you do not live with, particularly in crowded places, indoors or where there is not much fresh air
  • wear a face covering that fits snugly against your face and has more than 1 layer where you’re in close contact with other people, or in crowded places
  • wash your hands often with soap or water, or use hand sanitiser

If you’ve been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 but do not live with them and have not stayed overnight in their household, follow the guidance on living safely with Covid-19 on GOV.UK.

You do not need to do daily rapid lateral flow tests if you have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19.