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If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you need to get a PCR
The main symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or tast

If you do not have symptoms

It is still important to get regular lateral flow tests. 

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. 

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Testing journey

Young people share their testing experiences

How to get your test 

If you are at school and college 

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. 

If you go to work or university 

Some employers and universities offer rapid tests. Ask your employer or university if they provide rapid tests. 

Order a test at home 

You can get rapid flow test kits sent to your home. 

Pick up a test to do at home 

You can pick test packs from a test collection point near you. 

Go to a testing site 

You can get tested at a rapid lateral flow test site. 

Get your test

Enter your postcode, town or city to see where you can get a test