The Government and the NHS are advising people with no Covid-19 symptoms to take rapid lateral flow tests every three to four days to check if you have the virus.
That’s because roughly one in three people who become infected with Covid-19 show no symptoms, but they can still infect others.
Testing is vital for speedy identification of cases and lets you know if you need to isolate immediately to stop the virus spreading to your family, friends and the local community.
Rapid lateral flow tests
Rapid tests are FREE, easy to do and can be carried out at home or at your local rapid lateral flow test site.
If you’d prefer to complete the test at home there are a few ways to receive a test kit. You can order free rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home.
You can also collect up to two packs of seven rapid tests from your local rapid test site or pharmacy in one visit.
Note that if you carry out testing at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.
Covid-19 Indian variant
You may have heard in the news this week that the Indian variant of Covid-19 is noted to be of concern in eight areas across the country. The eight areas of note are Bolton, Blackburn, Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside. In these areas people are asked to:
- meet outside rather than inside where possible
- keep 2 metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
- minimise travel in and out of affected areas.
You can find the full Government guidance here (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Some of the main symptoms of Covid-19 infection include a high temperature, a new, persistent cough and loss of sense of taste or smell.
If you have symptoms, you need to take a different test called a PCR test, which provides a more accurate result and can show what strain of the virus you have.
You can book a PCR test using the NHS online service. Even if your symptoms are minor, you should stay at home and self-isolate until you recover.
What else can I do?
As the Government continues to ease lockdown restrictions, it’s important to remember that we need to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines.
To keep yourself and those around you safe from Covid-19 wear a face mask in indoor public spaces, maintain the two metre distance from other people when outside of your home, use hand sanitizer where needed and wash your hands thoroughly when you return home.
You can find more COVID-19 information in the Habinteg Tenant Hub at https://www.habinteg.org.uk/covid19 .