COVID-19 Infection Discharge from A&E or GP consultation Patient advice leaflet

This leaflet details what to do following discharge from A&E or GP following a COVID-19 infection

Publication date:
01 March 2020
Date range:
March 2020 - March 2021

When you get home

Can I spread COVID-19 to friends and family?

There is a risk that other members of your household or others that you have been in close contact with over the previous 2 weeks have been exposed to the virus but it is possible that they have not.

Therefore each of you should follow the government's isolation guidance here.

Please continue to monitor this guidance as it is updated regularly as more evidence becomes available. This will ensure you have the most up to date information on when it is safe to end your self- isolation (and household isolation if you live with others).

Please note that a persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to self-isolate beyond the duration advised by the government.

Can I get COVID-19 again?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will probably have developed some short term immunity to coronavirus. However, if another person in your household develops symptoms and they have not previously tested positive, then they need to isolate along with all other members of the household except for you.

Do I need to wear a facemask?

You may be issued with a mask to wear as you travel home. Find the latest guidance regarding face masks here

What if I feel unwell again?

Monitor your symptoms regularly and if you have any concerns click here to view the NHS guidance