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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect information leaflet

Last updated: 9 Aug 2021 - see all updates
Published: 17 Jul 2020

Leaflet providing information on the Test and Protect service from NHS Scotland, a new way to tackle coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect information leaflet
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - step-by-step guide

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - step-by-step guide leaflet text

Following these steps is vital to tackle coronavirus in Scotland

1. Recognise symptoms

A new persistent cough, fever, or loss or change in sense of taste or smell means you should immediately begin household isolation.

2. Request a test right away

It is important to get a test as soon as possible.

Visit NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect or call 0800 028 2816 if you cannot get online.

3. Isolate

If you have symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from symptom start date, longer if fever continues and 48 hours after fever ends. Others you live with should follow the guidance below on ‘close contacts isolate’.

4. Get tested

When isolating, you should only leave home to get tested. There are various ways of having this done.

5. Get results

They should be with you within 48 hours and no more than 72 hours.

6. Provide details

If you have coronavirus, NHS contact tracers will contact you to ask who you have had close contact with recently.

7. NHS informs contacts

The NHS will then contact the people you have had close contact with. Your name will not be shared unless you give permission. All data will be held safely and securely.

8. Close contacts isolate

If you are a partially or non-vaccinated adult, you will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days, whether or not you have symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you should request a test.

If you are a fully vaccinated adult, you should get a PCR test as soon as possible. Provided you return a negative PCR test result and remain asymptomatic, you may end self-isolation as a close contact.

If you are younger than 18 years and 4 months or medically unable to be vaccinated you should get a PCR test as soon as possible. Provided you return a negative PCR test result and remain asymptomatic, you may end self-isolation as a close contact. Children under 5 years will be encouraged but not required to take a PCR test.

If you return a positive test result, you will still need to isolate for 10 days.

9. Household of close contact

If the close contact has no symptoms, others in their household don’t need to isolate. If the close contact develops symptoms, they should begin household isolation and request a test straight away.

If you do not have community or family support and need essential help, call the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm) or via textphone on 0800 111 4114. The helpline is for those who cannot leave their home or get the help they need elsewhere.

For current health advice and more information about the Test & Protect service visit NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect


First published: 17 Jul 2020 Last updated: 9 Aug 2021 -