If you have a positive coronavirus test result, it's very likely that you have coronavirus even if you do not have symptoms. This means you can pass on the infection.
Many people with coronavirus will no longer be infectious after 5 days. If you have a positive coronavirus test result, stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test, or from the day your symptoms started (whichever was earlier).
The start date for counting days after a positive test has changed. If you test positive you should now count the day after you took the test as day 1 of the days you should stay at home.
You should let everyone in your household know about your positive coronavirus test result. Coronavirus is infectious for up to 2 days before you begin to feel unwell, or the date of your test, so you should tell anyone you had close contact with during this time. This means they can be aware of signs or symptoms.
Work from home if you can. If you can't work from home, talk to your employer about your options.
If you've been asked to attend a medical or dental appointment in person, let them know about your positive test result.
You may wish to ask friends, family or neighbours to get food and other essentials for you.
Follow this advice until you feel well enough to resume normal activities and you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one).
Although many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days, some people may be infectious to other people for up to 10 days from the start of their infection.
You should avoid meeting with anyone who's at higher risk, especially individuals with a weakened immune system, for 10 days after the day you took your test.