COVID-19: self-isolation for patients undergoing testing

Guidance for how patients should self-isolate while awaiting results of laboratory testing for SARS-CoV-2.



This guidance provides advice for individuals who are awaiting results from diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and do not require admission to hospital.

COVID-19 was previously referred to as Wuhan novel coronavirus.

There may be further information specific to each country in the United Kingdom, as this guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience. To see if country specific information is available, please refer to Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales, or Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Published 31 January 2020
Last updated 31 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated terminology for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

  2. First published.