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If you test positive for covid-19

If your test result comes back positive (positiv or påvist), you are infected with covid-19 and must either remain in self-isolation or self-isolate immediately to prevent infecting others. You must also avoid close contact with other members of your household.

Regardless of whether you have any symptoms or not, if you test positive, you must: 

  1. Immediately self-isolate (no matter what type of test you took)
  2. Pay extra attention to hygiene and cleaning
  3. Make sure to trace your close contacts – the people you may have infected

Regardless of whether you have tested positive for coronavirus with a rapid antigen test or self-test, you must take a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible - preferably on the same day or no later than the following day. The PCR test will either confirm or refute the rapid antigen test results and reveal if you are infected with one of the more infectious virus variants. 

Learn more about how to trace your close contacts below.

 

Close contacts and contact tracing

1. If you tested positive with a PCR test

Contact tracing close contacts must be initiated immediately if your PCR test is positive. Please begin contacting your close contacts and other contacts yourself.

If you have tested positive for covid-19 with a PCR test, you will receive a letter in your e-Boks from the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

We also encourage you to share your positive test result in the smitte|stop app to alert other app users that you have been in close contact with but may not know personally, so they can take a rapid antigen test and watch out for any symptoms of covid-19. You will be completely anonymous.


2. If you tested positive with a rapid antigen test

Contact tracing close contacts must be initiated immediately if your rapid antigen test was positive – even if you are waiting for your follow-up PCR test results. Please begin contacting your close contacts and other contacts yourself.

If you have tested positive for covid-19 with a rapid antigen test, you will receive a letter in your e-Boks from the Danish Patient Safety Authority. If you tested positive for covid-19 with a rapid antigen test, please take a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible.

We encourage you to share your positive test result in the smitte|stop app to alert other app users – whom you have been in close contact with but may not know personally – that you have been in close contact with but may not know personally, so they can take a rapid antigen test and watch out for any symptoms of covid-19. You will be completely anonymous.


3. If you tested positive with a self-test

Unless your follow-up PCR test was positive, you do not need to trace your close contacts or other contacts. Thus, contact tracing will only be initiated if your PCR test is positive.

If you tested positive for covid-19 with a self-test, you must take a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible – preferably on the same day or no later than the following day. Coronaopsporing (infection tracing) – a Danish Patient Safety Authority department – will not automatically be notified that you are infected. If your follow-up PCR test comes back positive, you will receive a letter in your e-Boks from the Danish Patient Safety Authority. Please begin contacting your close contacts and other contacts yourself if your follow-up PCR test was positive.

If your follow-up PCR test is positive, we encourage you to share your positive test result in the smitte|stop app to alert other app users – whom you have been in close contact with but may not know personally – so they can take a rapid antigen test and watch out for any symptoms of covid-19. You will be completely anonymous.

 

When can I stop self-isolating?

1. I do not have any symptoms of covid-19

If you do not have any symptoms, you can stop self-isolating 4 days after taking a PCR test.

2. I have mild symptoms of covid-19

Mild symptoms of covid-19 include such transient symptoms as a runny nose, ‘tickle’ in your throat, a few coughs, etc. You will not be feeling very ill.

If you only have mild symptoms of covid-19, you can stop self-isolating 4 days after you took a PCR test. If your symptoms become more severe, you must continue self-isolating until you no longer have any symptoms.


3. I have severe symptoms of covid-19

Severe symptoms leave you feeling quite ill and include fever, persistent coughing, sneezing or difficulty breathing.

If you have had severe symptoms of covid-19, you can stop self-isolating once you no longer have any symptoms – but no sooner than 4 days after you took a PCR test.


Can I get vaccinated if I have tested positive for covid-19?

You cannot get vaccinated while you have covid-19, but you may get vaccinated if you have previously had covid-19.

You can get vaccinated 1 month after you have recovered, regardless of whether you have already received 1, 2 or 3 vaccine doses against covid-19.


Updated 26 JAN 2022