There are several different options when it comes to Covid-19 testing and this article aims to signpost you to the right place for the test that you might need.
Testing if you have symptoms
If you have coronavirus symptoms it is important that you follow the correct advice and get tested safely. You can find all the information you need here for getting tested with symptoms in Hampshire.
Community testing - without any symptoms
Community testing is a programme for testing people without COVID-19 symptoms to help reduce transmission of coronavirus. The testing is free and available to everyone from 9 April.
- Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.
- Community testing helps to identify more positive cases quickly and support people to self-isolate, therefore breaking chains of transmission and protecting communities.
Community testing is carried out using a lateral flow test. Most tests generate results in under half an hour.
You can book a lateral flow test without symptoms at a community testing site – or just drop in. Information about booking and testing site locations.
Lateral flow antigen tests involve:
- Taking a swab in the throat and nostril, then placing it in a test tube.
- As they produce quick results, samples can be processed on-site.
- Most tests generate results in under half an hour.
Hampshire County Council has a new test and trace web page outlining everything you need to know about Covid-19 testing if you have no symptoms.
Testing yourself at home - without symptoms
If you are unable to get to a test centre you can now collect free test kits to test yourself and your family at home. These are tests for people without symptoms and you can find out more on the Hampshire County Council website.