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
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.
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 sent to your home.
You can pick test packs from a test collection point near you.
You can get tested at a rapid lateral flow test site.
Enter your postcode, town or city to see where you can get a test