**GUIDANCE for those that have tested positive for Covid within 90 days of being identified as a contact.**
Q. Can I have another PCR test if I’ve recently had COVID-19 (fully vaccinated adults or aged between 5 and 17)?
A. If you live with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, you are now strongly advised to self-isolate until you have a negative PCR test.
But if you have recently had COVID-19 (within the last 90 days) we do not advise that you take a PCR test because there is a risk it will be positive – the test may be able to detect residual traces of the virus leftover in your body. Instead, **we strongly advise you take a lateral flow test.**
If you have a negative lateral flow test, and you continue not to have symptoms there is no need to self-isolate but please remember to follow the advice to help keep you and your family safe.
If you have a positive lateral flow test result you are advised to follow the standard guidance and take a PCR test within 24 hours.
**It should be noted that, if you have new symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, a new continuous cough and a sore throat) within the 90-day window, you should take a PCR test as these could be symptoms of a new infection.**
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