Daily contact tracing study launches to potentially minimise self-isolation period

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As many as 40,000 people contacted through NHS Test and Trace will be offered the opportunity to participate in a daily contact testing study that has been set up to test people who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The study will take the form of two randomly split groups, one of which will be given one PCR test and asked to self-isolate for the full 10-day self-isolation period. The second group of participants will be given two PCR tests and seven lateral flow tests to test daily. In the second group, the participants that continue to test negative and develop no symptoms are excused from the legal duty to self-isolate and can leave their home for 24 hours to go to work and carry out other essential activities.

The aim of this randomised controlled study is to compare two approaches of routine testing of contacts and determine the potential for onward transmission. Please find FAQs on the main Study page, and if you have any further questions, please contact the study team at: DCTS@phe.gov.uk