Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many days after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19 it is recommended that a person wait before taking a covid-19 test to ensure that the viral load is sufficient to generate an accurate test result.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are no recommended number of days someone should wait before taking a COVID-19 test. Individuals should seek a test as soon as possible within the 10 day isolation period, to allow NHS Test and Trace to identify any close contacts.

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