It is now much easier for everyone to obtain free packs of Lateral Flow Tests (the tests used for people with no symptoms, with results in under half an hour) to use on a regular basis at home.
- Order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home. A pack contains seven tests. You can order one pack per household each day.
- Or use the online map to see a network of local pharmacies and other collection points that are now offering a pick up service.
There has been some coverage in the media about the usefulness of these tests, but for every 1,000 lateral flow tests carried out, there is fewer than one false positive result (and people testing positive are asked to take a confirmatory PCR test so there is little risk of people needing to isolate based on a false result). So they play an essential role in identifying the one in three people who have no symptoms of Covid and could be spreading it unknowingly.