Self-Isolation at Home / Home Quarantine

Self-Isolation at Home / Home Quarantine

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Self-Isolation at Home / Home Quarantine

What should I do if the test result for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is positive?

You or someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus – here's what to do.

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Positive PCR Test Result

In case of a positive test result, immediately go into self-isolation at home for 5 days.

You do not have to test clear. You should continue self-isolation on your own responsibility if you have symptoms until you are symptom-free for at least 48 hours. 


As before, every positive antigen test result (so-called rapid or self-tests), must be checked immediately with a PCR test. Anyone who has a positive antigen test result is entitled to confirmatory testing by PCR testing. A letter from the Local Health Authority is not required for this. In order to carry out the PCR test, self-isolation is suspended. In case of a negative PCR test result, self-isolation ends. A positive PCR test result does not extend the self-isolation period. You do not need to report the result to the Local Health Authority, as test centres and laboratories have already done so.


You can have the test done at a test centre (e.g. the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians) or by a doctor in private practice. Only on presentation of the positive PCR test result can a proof of recovery be issued after recovery, for example in pharmacies or doctors' surgeries.


You can find a list of test centres for a free PCR test in Frankfurt at corona-test-hessen.deExternal Link.

You can reach the medical on-call service for medical questions by calling 116 117. https://www.116117.deExternal Link


As of Wednesday, 11 May 2022, the Local Health Authority will no longer send out automated orders for self-isolation. If you need proof of your corona infection, for example for compensation for loss of earnings, the positive PCR test result is sufficient. You will also receive proof of recovery after submitting the positive PCR test result.


Please also observe the following behavioural and hygiene recommendations:

  • Inform your close contact persons about your positive test result.
  • Stay at home and minimise contact within your household. Do not receive visitors.
  • Stay alone in your room.
  • Wash your hands regularly and air your room several times a day. This will help you prevent further infections. Preferably use a disposable handkerchief when coughing and sneezing.
  • Use delivery services for food and medicines or ask acquaintances. 
  • Seek advice from your family doctor.


Medical staff may resume work if the competent Local Health Authority has received a negative test result. Testing can be carried out at the earliest on the fifth day after the start of self-isolation. The negative test result must be presented to the Local Health Authority on request.

Living in the same household with a person who tested positive by PCR testing

A person living in the same household as you has tested positive by PCR testing. Since 29 April 2022, you no longer have to go into quarantine.


However, you should minimise contacts with members of other households for at least five days and test yourself daily if possible. The same applies to close contacts.

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