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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect

Published: 18 Feb 2021
Last updated: 13 Oct 2021 - see all updates

Information and support for people who are asked to self-isolate because of COVID-19, including the Self-Isolation Support Grant (£500).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect
After self-isolating at home

After self-isolating at home

You should self-isolate at home for the full length of time you are asked to. You can return to your usual activities after this time if you feel well and, if you had symptoms, you no longer have a high temperature. You must continue to follow advice and rules on physical distancing and staying at home that are in place for everyone in Scotland.

A cough and/or anosmia (loss of or change in sense of smell or taste) may persist for several weeks in some people, even though the coronavirus infection has cleared. You don’t need to continue to self-isolate for more than 10 days after your symptoms started if you have a persistent cough and/or change in smell or taste with no other symptoms.

If you develop new coronavirus symptoms at any point after ending a period of isolation then the same approach on test, trace, isolate and support should be followed again. This will also be the case if you previously tested positive for coronavirus. As this is a new virus, we don’t know how much immunity people develop after an episode of infection, or how long any immunity lasts. This means if you’re unwell, you need to be tested and to stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms start.

You may also be asked by the NHS to self-isolate and book a test again if you were once more a close contact of another person who is a confirmed case. It is possible that people will have to self-isolate more than once – perhaps multiple times – if they are identified as a close contact of separate cases on several different occasions. 

Staying safe if you've ended self-isolation

Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you can still get coronavirus and pass it on to others.

If you’re a close contact who can end self-isolation, you can help protect others by following our guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:

First published: 18 Feb 2021 Last updated: 13 Oct 2021 -