Leaving isolation after having COVID-19

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022 4:47pm

On this page

When you test positive to COVID-19 it is important to complete a minimum of 7 days isolation to prevent you infecting others.

You can leave isolation seven days after the date your positive test was taken if you are no longer experiencing symptoms such as temperature, fever, headaches and body aches.

At the end of this time you should no longer be infectious to others and are able to leave isolation.

Some symptoms, such as a cough and tiredness, can last for some time after you have left isolation. These symptoms do not mean you are infectious. You should see your GP if these symptoms continue.

It is important to continue to use good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands regularly to reduce the risk of passing on any illness.

For more information see Release from Isolation.

Returning to work and other activities

Once you have completed your isolation requirements, you are able to return to work

There is not a Public Health requirement to provide a negative test before returning to the workplace once you have completed your 7 or 10 day isolation requirement.

Although you are able to return to normal activities after you have completed your isolation requirement, be aware of some minor lingering symptoms you may experience.

Your body has been exposed to a virus and everyone recovers differently. Speak to your healthcare provider if you are concerned about any ongoing symptoms.

Vaccination and boosters

Once you have recovered from acute COVID-19 symptoms it is safe to have your scheduled COVID-19 vaccination or booster when eligible.

If you are concerned about any symptoms you are still experiencing after having COVID-19 speak to your health care provider prior to your vaccination.

See Vaccination for more information.

Close contact after having COVID-19

People who have recovered from COVID-19 have a low risk of getting it again in the month after infection as most people develop some immunity (ability to fight the disease).

If you come into contact with someone with COVID-19 within one month following your infection, you will not need to quarantine.

If a month has passed and there is a new household exposure you will need to quarantine as a contact

If you have been released from isolation before other positive cases in your household, you will not need to self-isolate.

Testing after having COVID-19

If it has been more than one month since you recovered from COVID-19 you should get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms because your immunity may have decreased. Unfortunately, people can become unwell with COVID-19 more than once. Call your GP about your symptoms – they may order other tests to check for other illnesses.

See Testing for more information.