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Your phone will tell you when you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. The alert will say:

“You need to self-isolate immediately. You have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). Tap here for more details.”

Read about what to do if you receive this alert.

The alert will look like this:

When you need to self-isolate, this will always be visible within the app, and the app will also provide a countdown timer so that you can keep track of how long you need to self-isolate. Read more about the self-isolation countdown timer.

See a list of all alerts the NHS COVID-19 app will send you and what they mean.