As we are now beginning to see an increase in the numbers of people testing positive I would like to remind everyone about the importance of doing a regular test for Covid.
The following information is from the NHS website:
Regular rapid lateral flow coronavirus (COVID-19) tests
You can get regular rapid lateral flow 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.
You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.
About rapid tests
Rapid tests give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test.
This involves rubbing a long cotton bud (swab) over your tonsils (or where they would have been) and inside your nose, or inside your nose only.
Research shows rapid tests are 99.9% accurate. This means the chance of getting a false-positive result (where the result shows as positive but is actually negative) is extremely low.
If you test positive, you must self-isolate. Check if people you live with need to self-isolate
Who can get regular rapid tests
Anyone who does not have symptoms can get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. Get a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 on GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test)
How to get regular rapid tests
Order tests to do at home
You can get rapid lateral flow test kits sent to your home.
Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests)
Pick up tests from a pharmacy
You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from a local pharmacy.
Find a pharmacy near you where you can collect rapid tests (https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/)