Testing for people without symptoms

What is rapid testing?

Anyone in Lancashire is now eligible to access free, rapid coronavirus tests for themselves and their families to use twice a week. 

Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing is going to be an essential part of the easing of restrictions as it will help us quickly suppress the spread of variants. 

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.

After a positive test

If you have had a positive Covid-19 PCR test you shouldn't take another PCR or lateral flow test within 90 days of your symptoms or test result (depending which came first), unless you develop new symptoms. This is because traces of the virus can still show up in a test when you are no longer infectious so may give you an inaccurate test result.

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.

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