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Reminder about testing procedures
20 May 2021 (by Martin Coyne (m.coyne))
What tests are available:
There are two main types of test to check if you have coronavirus:
The type of Covid-19 test you should take depends on whether you have any symptoms.
Testing for people without symptoms:
People who do not have any symptoms can test themselves for coronavirus with rapid tests. Free rapid testing is available to everyone in England, with people encouraged to test themselves twice a week.
How to get a rapid test
The main port of call for accessing rapid testing will usually be through your school or college.
However, there are a number of other ways you can access rapid testing:
What to do if you test positive using a rapid test
If you or your child's rapid test result is positive, you and your close contacts will need to self-isolate immediately and book a confirmatory PCR test via the NHS as soon as possible. You will need to communicate this with your child's school.
Testing for people with symptoms
If you or your child have one or more of the following Covid-19 symptoms you must isolate immediately and book a PCR test via the NHS:
What to do if you don't have any classic Covid-19 symptoms
If you or your child have other new or unusual symptoms or if in doubt, you can still get a PCR test. However, you do not need to immediately self-isolate for 10 days.
How to get a PCR test
If you or your child has any of the three classic symptoms, you can get a PCR test here: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/essential-worker
If you or your child do not have any of the three classic symptoms, proceed through the questions and then tick the box that says: "My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms".
What to do if the PCR test is positive
If the result is positive, you and your close contacts must self-isolate immediately for 10 days from the day you took the test.
What to do if the PCR test is negative
If the result is negative, you do not need to isolate.