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COVID-19 - home lateral flow testing

Testing kit with coronavirus germ

Lateral flow tests can be used at home so that households can keep up with regular testing for COVID-19. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Taking lateral flow at regular intervals provides reassurance to employers, employees, and their customers that businesses and organisations are taking all necessary actions to keep everyone safe.

PCR Tests 

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

For more information visit GOV.UK - Confirmatory PCR tests to be temporarily suspended for positive lateral flow test results.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and need a PCR test, you can book one by visiting the NHS - get a free PCR test to check if you have COVID-19.

How often should I take a lateral flow test?

Regular testing is really important, so you are encouraged to test at home every 3 - 5 days.

Why should I take a lateral flow test?

According to Government as many as 1 in 3 individuals with coronavirus may not display any symptoms. With many businesses now open this can create workplace outbreaks and put people at risk.

By getting regular lateral flow tests new cases can be quickly identified and isolated. These quick and easy tests will also help members of the public feel confident to continue visiting businesses such as shops.

Please note: Following the discovery of the E484K variant in Preston, people with symptoms of a common cold or headache (as well as the traditional symptoms of COVID-19) may be infected.

Where can I get lateral flow tests?

To order a coronavirus rapid lateral flow test visit GOV.UK - order COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test.

Information on self-isolating due to coronavirus and the Test and Trace Support Payment

You may be asked to self-isolate for a number of reasons including a positive test for you, someone in your household, if you've been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service or whether you are experiencing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

For more information on the importance of self-isolating as well as accessing the Test and Trace Support Payment for people on low income who are required to self-isolate, please see self isolating due to COVID-19.

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