Testing instructions for those who have symptoms, and testing options for those who don't, including test collection for regular testing at home.
The type of test you take will depend on whether you have symptoms or not.
This is called PCR testing and is for those who have symptoms.
This is called Lateral flow testing (LFT) and is for those who do not have symptoms.
This is called a Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR).
This test is for those who are experiencing symptoms which include a high temperature, continuous cough or loss of/change in taste or smell. You may have already had one at a local testing site or know somebody who has been. You can also order a home test if you can’t visit a local testing site.
The PCR test is a swab that is sent to a lab for testing. Most people get their result the next day by email or text (or via the Test and Trace app if you use it), but it may take up to 3 days.
You can also call 119.
Only leave your home for your PCR appointment or to post your test kit.
Please note: If you have symptoms, you should not conduct a lateral flow test, either at home or by attending a lateral flow testing site. Lateral flow tests are only for those who do no have symptoms.
This is called a regular lateral flow test (LFT).
A lateral flow test (LFT) is a rapid test for COVID-19. It requires a self-administered swab which is tested on site, not in a laboratory, meaning you receive your result within 20-30 minutes.
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.
Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for coronavirus.