Coronavirus Test – What You Need To Know
What is the Coronavirus test?
The latest Government information relates to the antigen coronavirus test, which will be able to test to see if you have the virus in the present moment.
We remain in anticipation for the antibody test will be available shortly which is the one if you think you have had the virus as this tests to see if you have developed antibodies that may help protect you from a future infection.
It is important that in order not to swamp the NHS that you only ask for a test if you or someone you live with has symptoms now.
When to ask for a test?
- Application for the test is best done within 3 day of having any of the Covid-19 symptoms as it may take time for you to receive the test and it will need to be done within the first 5 days of having symptoms.
- You may be automatically sent an invite to participate in a test as part of research
Who can ask for a test?
People in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can ask for a test:
- for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now
- for someone you live with, if they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms
People in Wales can ask for a home test kit. For drive-through appointments at regional test sites in Wales, go to the coronavirus test bookings and process on the Welsh Government website.
If you’re asking for a test for someone else and the person is age 13 or over, check that you have their consent for you to ask on their behalf. Tests are not suitable for children under 5 years old.
- High temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Please click here for further information and test application