One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection or when it’s safe to return to normal life. Good-quality testing can help provide us with greater certainty.
As part of the government’s 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing, they are testing people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to see if they currently have the virus.
The below list sets out those eligible for testing if they have coronavirus-like symptoms:
- all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of essential workers)
- anyone over 65 with symptoms
- anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
- anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above
- social care workers and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms) both to investigate outbreaks and, following successful pilots, as part of a rolling programme to test all care homes
- NHS workers and patients without symptoms, in line with NHS England guidance
Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.
To apply for a Coronavirus test, please visit: www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test