Testing for people without symptoms
What is rapid testing?
Anyone in Lancashire can access free, rapid coronavirus tests for themselves and their families to use twice a week.
Rapid testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19, but who may still be spreading the virus.
How do the tests work?
Taking a rapid test (also called a Lateral Flow Test or LFT) involves taking a sample from the back of the throat near the tonsils and from the nose, using a swab.
The swab is dipped into an extraction solution. This is then dripped on to the device's paper pad, producing the reaction that gives the result.
The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes. Those who test positive must immediately self-isolate to avoid passing the virus on to others.
Watch the short video below on how Lateral Flow Testing works.