COVID-19 testing for people who don't have symptoms
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms.
Symptom-free testing is available for everyone in England. The government recommend that you test yourself twice a week. This is especially important if:
- you leave home to work
- have children attending school
- mix with others outdoors
Regular symptom-free testing can help identify people who are spreading the virus without knowing. This means we can keep infection rates low and return to normal life.
Primary school-age children and younger do not need to test.
- How to do a COVID-19 symptom-free test at home (YouTube)
- How to test your child for COVID-19 at home (YouTube)
Get an assisted symptom-free test
If you would like someone to do your test for you, you can book an assisted test at a participating community pharmacy.
Lateral flow testing at home
You can pick up lateral flow tests from various locations across the county. There is no need to book. Find a site near you, visit during the open hours and collect your tests:
If you can’t get to a test site, you can order test kits to be delivered to your home.
You will usually be given 2 boxes of 7 tests. The test kit has instructions on:
- how to take the test
- how to record the test result
- what to do if you test positive
If you do tests at home, you’ll need to report your results, whether positive or negative, online or on the phone.
If you test positive, you and your household must self-isolate. Book a follow up test to confirm the result within 2 days. If your follow up test is negative, you can stop self-isolating.
Support if you need to self-isolate
If you need to self-isolate, support is available from the community hubs.
Control the virus
You can help to control the virus by:
- Self-isolate immediately and get tested if you think you may have the virus.
- If you leave home to work, volunteer, provide care, or for school, you can take regular symptom-free tests to protect you and those around you. Around 1 in 3 people with the virus have no symptoms.
- If you test positive or you have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days starting from the day after your exposure. More details about the self-isolation period.
- If you test positive for coronavirus, share details of people who’ve been in close contact when the NHS Test and Trace service get in touch with you.
- Even if you don’t think you have the virus, stay 2 metres apart from other people whenever you can.
- Wear a face mask in shops or enclosed public spaces.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Keep up to date with the national restrictions for England.