I think I might have Covid. How can I get a test?
Covid-19 lateral flow tests are no longer free for everyone.
You may still be able to get a free test if:
- You’re eligible for Covid-19 treatments (these are different to vaccinations)
- Your GP or healthcare professional has recently asked you to get a test
- You care for patients, or care residents, at high risk from Covid-19 and you have Covid-19 symptoms
If you are eligible, you can order tests via the Government website.
If you are ineligible for free tests, you can buy them from some pharmacies and retailers, such as Boots and Superdrug.
If I test positive for Covid, should I isolate?
If you have tested positive for Covid, the NHS recommends that you stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days after the day the test was taken.
Department for Education guidance says that in England: “For children and young people aged 18 and under who test positive for Covid, the advice is to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days.
“This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
“Adults with a positive Covid test result are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.
“The UKHSA has also published public health guidance on living safely with respiratory infections, including Covid-19.”