If you've got an alert telling you that you've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, the NHS COVID-19 app may ask you to confirm your age and vaccination status in order to provide advice.
In England, there is no longer a legal requirement for people with COVID-19 to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Read the latest guidance if you've been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
In Wales, if you've been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will only be advised to self-isolate, if you are over 18 and unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated (this excludes a booster vaccination). If you go on to experience symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 you should self-isolate.
If you have questions about how the advice applies to you, or you are struggling with self-isolation, please call 111.
There is a lot of information to help you during this period:
There is more information available specific to where you live.
If you live in England:
If you live in Wales:
Information about NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect – if you’re in Wales and have tested positive for coronavirus, NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect will contact you. You’ll be asked where you’ve been recently and if you have spent time with people.
GermDefence is a useful website that can help you identify ways to protect yourself and others in your household from COVID-19. It provides scientifically proven advice on reducing the risks from COVID-19 and other viruses in your home.