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Tested positive for novel coronavirus

If your test comes back positive that means that you are indeed infected with novel coronavirus. You must immediately self-isolate to prevent infecting others – including the people you live with.

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

  1. Self-isolate immediately.
  2. Pay particular attention to hygiene and cleaning.
  3. Inform your close contacts – i.e. anyone you might have infected so they can be tested. This is known as contact tracking.

If you have tested positive for novel coronavirus with an antigen test, you must have taken a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible, which will either confirm or deny the result of the antigen test. The PCR test will also show if you are infected with a virus variant.

If you have tested positive for novel coronavirus, you will receive a letter in your e-Boks from the Danish Patient Safety Authority. Coronaopsporing (Corona Tracing) – a unit under the Danish Patient Safety Authority – will contact you within 24 hours and help you trace your close contacts, i.e. the people you may have infected. You can also call Coronaopsporing on tel. 32 32 05 11.

Wear a CE-marked face mask if you have to break your self-isolation briefly, for example if you have to go to the hospital. Please remember not to use public transport.

When can I stop self-isolating?


If you have symptoms

You are no longer contagious and can break your self-isolation 48 hours after your symptoms are gone. You can also stop self-isolating when you have been ill for 10 days - but only if you feel significantly better and the only remaining symptoms you have are loss of taste or sense of smell, a slight cough, headache, fatigue, etc. However, you must have been fever-free for 48 hours (without using fever-suppressing medicine, such as paracetamol).

No symptoms

If you have not had any symptoms, you can stop self-isolating 7 days after taking the test.

Once you have been fully vaccinated, you must continue to follow the same guidance on preventing the spread of infection. If you get symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate, pay particular attention to hygiene and cleaning, and make sure you get tested for novel coronavirus.

It is important to stress that vaccination does not give you 100% protection against COVID-19. So, in principle, there is a very small chance that you may still become infected and ill.

Further information

What to do if you test positive for novel coronavirus

Important guidance if you have tested positive for novel coronavirus (short version)

What to do if a rapid test shows that  you are positive for COVID-19?

Welcome to Coronaopsporing (film)

Updated 29 APR 2021