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Everything You Need to Know about COVID-19 Test Results

Everything You Need to Know about COVID-19 Test Results

08,Apr,2021

COVID-19 testing is necessary, especially for people showing symptoms and those who have had close contact with an infected person. After a COVID 19 test in London, you should get your result within two days. However, getting the COVID-19 test result may take longer.  

When will I get your test result?

COVID-19 result is usually available in two days, but people in the hospital and those seriously ill will get their result first.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, ensure you follow your GP’s advice and self-isolate until you get your test result.

What does a COVID-19 test result mean?

A COVID-19 result may be any of the following.

  • Positive (coronavirus is present)
  • Negative (coronavirus not detected)
  • Invalid, inhibitory or indeterminate

What if I haven’t received my test result?

If you performed a COVID-19 test and haven’t received your result after two days, contact your COVID-19 test provider. Your GP may not have information about your test result, and it is best not to call your GP to allow people with symptoms and other health issues to speak to the GP.  

What you should do if you had symptoms and got the COVID-19 test

If you had the COVID-19 pcr test but have not received your test result, you can stop self-isolation under the following conditions.

  • It is more than ten days after developing your first symptom
  • You have not had a high-temperature reading (38 degrees Celsius or higher) for five consecutive days.

What you should do if you got tested because you had  close contact with an infected person

If you had close contact with an infected person, ensure you self-isolate for 14 days from the last day you contacted the patient. If you are not sure about the day you last had contact with an infected person, continue to self-isolate until the contact tracing team tells you otherwise.

You can stop self-isolation under the following conditions.

  • You do not show symptoms of COVID-19
  • Your COVID-19 test result is negative after ten days from the last contact with an infected person

What to do if you live with a close contact

If you live with anyone who had close contact with a COVID-19 patient, you may not need to self-isolate while waiting for your result. However, if the close contact has a positive COVID-19 test result, you need to self-isolate and follow the advice for people who have had close contact with an infected person.

What to do if you live with someone waiting for the COVID-19 test result

If you live with anyone self-isolating or who has symptoms of COVID-19 and is waiting for their test result, you should also restrict your movement and self-isolate.

If the person’s test is positive, it means you have had close contact with an infected person and need to follow the guideline for close contacts.

If the person has a negative test result, you can stop self-isolating and go about your normal activities.

If you want to get a COVID-19 test, visit at www.walkinclinic.london for more information about COVID-19 testing.

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