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.

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:

Find where to get rapid lateral flow 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.

Report a symptom-free Covid test result

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.
  • Rapid lateral flow testing is available for free to anybody. Around 1 in 3 people with the virus have no symptoms.
  • If your lateral flow test is positive, you should self-isolate and book a PCR test within 48 hours.
  • 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.
  • Practice social distancing where possible.
  • Wear a face mask in shops or enclosed public spaces.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Let fresh air into homes and workplaces.
  • Keep up to date with the latest government guidance for England.