You can get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Why you should get tested regularly
About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.
Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
About rapid tests
The test for people without symptoms of COVID-19 is called a rapid lateral flow test.
This usually involves rubbing a long cotton bud (swab) over your tonsils (or where they would have been) and inside your nose.
The tests can give you a result in 30 minutes. They use a device similar to a pregnancy test and do not need to be sent to a lab.
You can do a rapid test at home or at a rapid lateral flow test site.
If you test positive, you and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate.
Who can get regular rapid tests
Anyone who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for COVID-19.
How to get regular rapid tests
- Order tests online
- Collect tests to do at home
- Go to a test site
- Employee and university testing