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There are 3 types of Coronavirus COVID 19 test result you can receive. One is a negative, the next a positive and the third type is what is classified as an unclear result that includes a void, borderline or inconclusive reading. If you do not get your result, you need to call the coronavirus testing contact centre as soon as possible.

A negative result means the test did not find coronavirus. You can then stop self-isolating, as long as:

- everyone you live with who has had symptoms tests negative
- everyone in your support bubble who has symptoms tests negative
- you were not told to self-isolate for 14 days by NHS Test and Trace
- And finally, you feel well – if you do feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better

If you have diarrhoea or you are being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after these symptoms have passed. If you're a health or care worker, check with your employer before going back to work.

A positive result means you had coronavirus when the test was done and if your test is positive, you must now self-isolate. If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started, or if you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from when you had the test.

A positive test result means that anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating. You'll be asked where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

An unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive result means it's not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done. You must have another test as soon as possible if this happens.

If you had a test because you had symptoms, you need to have another test within 5 days of these symptoms starting.

If you’re not able to have another test in time, you must self-isolate for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days.