With an estimated 1.4 million people having Covid-19 at the end of last week, many will be yearning to get out of self-isolation and see their loved ones.
And it appeared like Christmas for some could be saved with the immediate adoption of a quarantine reduction to seven days for those with negative tests.
However, two lateral flow tests must be negative 24 hours apart from day six onwards in order to be released from isolation early. Quarantine must be completed even if they are still positive.
Late in the 10-day isolation phase and even after the isolation period has ended, some persons are still showing up positive on lateral flow tests.
There is a great deal of anxiety among those returning from quarantine, particularly those who are seeing vulnerable and elderly individuals at Christmas.
On social media several people expressed disbelief that PCR and lateral flow devices might still be positive for up to 90 days after a patient had recovered from an infection.
Metro.co.uk done some study into what to do if you are still positive on a lateral flow test after 10 days of isolation or more.
Government advice was cited and persons can be released from isolation after 10 days, unless they are still experiencing severe symptoms.
Symptoms such as a persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell can be dismissed as minor.
A cough or anosmia, which might last weeks or months, is all you need to return to your daily routine and quit self-isolating after 10 full days, according to the instructions.
You should stay at home and seek medical attention if you continue to have a high temperature for more than ten days.'
'So basically, if you are still feeling unwell, you should stay at home,' said a UKHSA representative.'
You can phone 119, the NHS's specialist coronavirus helpline, for assistance if this occurs.
Patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 stay infectious for no more than 10 days after symptoms develop, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US national public health agency.
Research reveals that'replication-competent virus has not been reliably retrieved and infectiousness is improbable' despite the fact that these persons may test positive for up to three months after recovering from illness. Because of this, it is safe to leave the confines of one's home.
There are only a small number of people with "more severe to critical illness or those who are substantially immunocompromised," i.e. those who have been hospitalised, who may be infectious for longer.
Someone from the Test and Trace staff answered the phone swiftly and was extremely nice and helpful after going through a big number of choices.
If you have a positive lateral flow test on the tenth or later day of quarantine, they explained, "unless you still have a fever or are severely ill," there is no need to continue isolating.
For up to 90 days after an infection, a PCR test or lateral flow device can still return a positive result, according to the worker.
A negative test is not required for an individual to be released from isolation, as long as he or she is no longer contagious.
In the weeks following an infection, the virus"residue' in the body might cause tests to come back positive, according to the Test and Trace staff member.