Diagnosis with COVID-19

Information about test results, getting diagnosed, treatment and criteria for recovering from COVID-19.

Testing results

If you have been tested for COVID-19, a healthcare professional will inform you of the result regardless of whether you have tested positive or negative.

If you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19

Whenever someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, medical professionals will advise them on what they need to do.

For most people this will mean self-isolating at home.

Teams also immediately start work to identify and contact anyone that those who have tested positive may have come into close contact with.


Currently, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19, but medical care can treat most of the symptoms.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 as it is a new virus. Researchers are in the early stages of developing one.

Recovering from COVID-19

For a person to be recovered from COVID-19, they must meet the following criteria:

  • It must have been at least 10 days since the onset of their symptoms.
  • After the 10 days, they need to have been clear of all symptoms for 48 hours.

If a person was hospitalised, it must be at least 10 days since they were discharged from hospital and they must be clear of all symptoms for 48 hours. They also must not have major immunosuppression, for example being within a year of bone marrow transplant or receiving chemotherapy.

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