If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should get a PCR.
The main symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you test positive for COVID-19 you are advised to self-isolate for 5 days, but it is no longer a legal requirement.
You do not need to take a PCR test if you have already taken a lateral flow test and the result was positive.
About 1-3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.
If you have been in contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, you should do a lateral flow test, even if you have no symptoms.
Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should get tested, but it is no longer a legal requirement.
If you go to school or college, you can get rapid tests through your school or college. You’re advised to test twice a week.
Primary school-age children and younger do not need to test.
Some employers and universities offer rapid tests. Ask your employer or university if they provide rapid tests.
You can get rapid flow test kits for free, sent to your home. Order now from the gov.uk website.
You can pick test packs from a test collection point near you.
You can get tested at a rapid lateral flow test site.
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