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Getting Your Coronavirus Test Result

Getting Your Coronavirus Test Result


Once you have been tested for COVID-19, the next thing would be to wait for your result. People get tested if they feel they may have been exposed to the virus, they exhibit symptoms or when they wish to travel. Before you make a trip, you should get a COVID-19 test for travel and have your results with you.

Getting your coronavirus swab test result can take any time from 1-3 days. If you have not received your test results after 6 days, call the testing centre where you contacted for private coronavirus testing. You can get your results through text or email once they are ready, or through the NHS COVID-19 app if you have it installed. Either way, you get your results, you can expect it to be one of these three types

  • Positive
  • Negative
  • Inconclusive, unclear, void or borderline

A positive covid test result

If your result comes back positive, it means you have the virus and have become infected as at the time the test was done. The next thing to do would be to isolate yourself for a given period. If you have been around people before your test was conducted, it would be imperative that they could get tested as well for possible infection. However,

  • If you had your test done because you were showing or experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, self isolate for 10 days beginning from when you first noticed the symptoms
  • If you had the test even without showing symptoms, self isolate for 10 days, beginning from when you got tested and received your results.

A negative covid-19 test result

After being tested, if the result comes back negative, it means you do not have the virus, and hence, you are not infected. With a negative result, there would be no need to isolate yourself. However, even with a negative result, you can still get infected if you come in close contact with an infected person. Nonetheless, there is no cause for alarm as long as

  • Everyone you live with or have been in close contact with has tested negative
  • You have not visited or travelled to a high-risk area recently
  • You have not been told to isolate yourself for 14 days by NHS test or Trace.
  • You don’t feel sick

If you do feel sick, however, stay at home and get treated until you are well again

An inconclusive, unclear, void or borderline result

You can get tested for COVID-19, and your results can come back inconclusive, unclear or borderline. This means it is not possible to say if you have the virus or not as at the time the test was conducted. In this case, you must get another test done as quickly as possible.

If you are unable to get another test done on time, you must self isolate for at least 10 days, and anyone you have had close contact with or anyone you live with, must also self isolate for 14 days. If you had the test because you had symptoms, then you must

  • Isolate within 5 – 8 days of your symptoms starting before having another test

On the other hand, if you had the test without having any symptoms, there is no need to self isolate while you wait to get tested again. Even the people you live with do not need to isolate if they have no symptoms.

Do you wish to find out whether or not you might be infected? Then visit to get a COVID-19 test in London.


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