These are the most accurate Covid tests, and are available through 119 or the NHS website.
You should get one if you have
- any of the symptoms of Covid (temperature, cough, loss of taste/smell)
- been in contact with someone with Covid
- been asked by Track and Trace to get a test
You will need to self-isolate until the result comes back.
LATERAL FLOW TESTS
These are less accurate than PCR testing.
The lateral flow tests should be used to screen for infection in patients who do not have symptoms. 1 in 3 people with a Covid infection do not have symptoms.
It's advisable to test a couple of times a week to help stop spread the virus.
They should not be used if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms you need a PCR.
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS AND A NEGATIVE FLOW TEST, YOU MAY STILL HAVE A COVID INFECTION.