It is still a good idea to regularly test yourself to help protect yourself and others, and most importantly reduce the spread of the virus. The tests you can do yourself at home are called lateral flow or rapid tests.

At the moment, school staff members and secondary school students are asked to test twice a week with a lateral flow test kit. This is to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus in schools and to keep students in the classroom.

However, if you are aged 11 and over and;

  • You do not have symptoms of Coronavirus and;
  • You cannot get a test kit from work, school or college/university

then you can order and complete a lateral flow test kit via the Government website.

Sometimes it is a good idea to take a PCR test because these tests are more accurate than lateral flow tests. It is a good idea to take a PCR test if:

  • You have had a positive lateral flow test.
  • You have symptoms of Coronavirus – even if your lateral flow test was negative.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus.