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.

Stay at home - Flatten the curve
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Positive PCR Test Result

As before, every positive antigen test result (so-called rapid or self-tests), must be checked immediately with a PCR test. In this case, the test is free of charge. A letter from the Local Health Authority is not required for this.


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. In case of a positive PCR test result, immediately go into self-isolation at home for 10 days. You do not need to report the result to the Local Health Authority, as test centres and laboratories have already done so.


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


You will also receive an automatically generated letter from the Local Health Authority by mail. Go into self-isolation at home even if you have not yet received the letter. Due to the high number of cases, not all people who tested positive can be contacted by telephone at the moment.


You may leave self-isolation on or after day 7 of your self-isolation period by means of a rapid test or a PCR test carried out at a test centre, provided that you have not had any symptoms for at least 48 hours. The same rules apply to pupils and children in daycare centres (regardless of vaccination status).

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. 


Employees in hospitals and old people's and nursing homes

Special rules apply to employees in hospitals and old people's and nursing homes: It is only possible to start work after a negative PCR test result, and only after seven days. This requires being asymptomatic for 48 hours.

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. That means you are a close contact and the following regulations apply to you:


Household members are exempt from quarantine if they are

  • triple vaccinated (boostered); or
  • double vaccinated and have recovered; or
  • recently double vaccinated and have recently recovered (within the last three months); or
  • vaccinated once and have recovered if the vaccination/day of the positive PCR test was max. 3 months ago.


Non-vaccinated close contact persons

  • All persons living in the same household must isolate themselves for 10 days (home quarantine).
  • You are not allowed to meet other people and may only leave the house in case of medical emergencies. As an exception, leaving the house is also possible to go grocery shopping once, if no one else can do it.
  • The quarantine can be ended early by a rapid antigen test (no self-test) at the earliest seven days after the start of isolation.


Children who have not yet started school and pupils who have had contact with a person in the same household who has tested positive by PCR testing:

  • Children who have not yet started school and pupils who live in a household with a person who has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 may be able to end the quarantine early. To do so, they may leave the home on day 5 of quarantine at the earliest and take a free rapid antigen test (not a self-test), provided they have previously been tested regularly (serially). If the result is negative, the quarantine is over.


Household members who develop symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, headache, or smell or taste problems should call their family doctor immediately to be tested.

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