Rapid tests (lateral flow tests)

What is a rapid test?

Lateral Flow Testing, also called rapid testing, is a fast and free way for people without symptoms to find out if they have the virus.

Rapid tests are available for anybody who needs to leave home.

Around one in three people who have COVID-19 do not have symptoms of the virus – we refer to this as being “asymptomatic”. If you are asymptomatic, you could be spreading the virus without knowing it. To help stop the spread of infection, we can use rapid tests to help find people who are asymptomatic, which will help us to stop the spread of infection in Buckinghamshire.

A rapid test is a different type of test to one you have if you have symptoms of COVID 19.

Rapid tests and staying safe

Rapid tests cannot replace the measures in place to stop the spread of infection like hand washing, staying two metres apart and wearing a face covering.

Do not come to a Rapid Testing site if you have symptoms – you must self-isolate while you arrange a test through the national booking system.

Testing is voluntary

Rapid testing for COVID-19 is voluntary. However, to help break the chain of transmission, it is important that you get re-tested every three days to break the chain of transmission.