Do I still need to self-isolate if I've had Covid-19 before?

What to do if you get symptoms of coronavirus again, or someone you live with gets symptoms.

If you get symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) again, you must self-isolate immediately and get a test.

The symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You can get a test to check if you have coronavirus on GOV.UK.

You should also self-isolate again if:

  • someone you live with gets symptoms
  • someone in your support bubble gets symptoms and you were in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started

The person with symptoms should get a test.

You must self-isolate again even if you've had a positive test result for coronavirus before. You probably have some immunity to coronavirus but it's not clear how long it lasts.


Report : tell us that you are self-isolating through the Covid-19 reporting form, so that we can support you.

Urgent help: If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until the next working day you should call Security on 0191 208 6817 (available 24/7).

Covid support: If you have a Covid-19 related enquiry, you can contact us by email or the Covid Enquiry Line on 0191 222 5101 

Covid Enquiry Line operating hours:

  • 9am - 5pm - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • 10am - 5pm - Wednesdays


Last updated: 22.03.2021