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What to do after your test

Maintain self-isolation until you have your results. Once you have your results though:

Negative test – A negative result means the test did not find coronavirus. 

If your test is negative, you no longer need to self-isolate and can return to study/work, as long as:

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

Positive test – A positive result means you had coronavirus when the test was done.

Public Health England (PHE) or the Oxford Early Alert System (EAS) will be in touch.

If your test is positive, you must continue to self-isolate.

  • If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.
  • Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 10 days from when you start self-isolating. 


If you used the University Testing service, the College will be aware of the results and in contact regardless of the results.


Inform your line manager of the results and discuss return to work arrangements.