Which Covid-19 test to get and when?
Even if you are vaccinated and/or aren’t displaying symptoms, you can still have the virus and not know it, so it’s important to get tested regularly. But which test should you get and when?
- Not showing any symptoms of Covid-19 and you’ve not been told you are the close contact of someone who tested positive? Get a rapid lateral flow test, ideally a couple of times a week. Order a test to be delivered to your home, or collect one from a local pharmacy. Or you can collect a home testing kit from, or get tested on site at, the Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, N7 7BA.
- If you have symptoms of Covid-19 Covid-19, even if they’re mild, or you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive, get a PCR test. You should also get a PCR test after getting a positive lateral flow test result. There are also other occasions when NHS Test and Trace, the council or your GP may suggest you get a PCR test. Order a PCR test on Gov.uk to be delivered to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through site.
- From Sunday 24 October, fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the 'red list' can take a lateral flow test, on or before Day 2 of their arrival into the UK. For more information and how to book, visit the travel abroad during Covid-19 web page.
For more information about testing in Islington, go to our book a coronavirus test web page.
Other ways to stay safe and protect your loved ones
- Thank you to those of you who’ve had your vaccine already. Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones from Covid-19.
- Please think of others and, even if you’ve been vaccinated, continue to take steps to stay safe and follow the basics like hand washing.
- When you're indoors - whether at home or in the workplace - let the fresh air in. Opening your windows for just ten minutes at a time throughout the day can remove infected particles that may be lingering unknown to you. For more of the science behind it, and for advice about ventilation, including in workplaces, go to the gov.uk website.
- Meeting up with people? Enjoy an outdoor activity together and check out our parks in Islington listings and info.
- It can be hard to know what to do if you're unwell. The NHS website is a great source of advice and information, including advice on symptoms and self-isolation.
- As mentioned above getting regularly tested can detect coronavirus at an early stage and can help prevent you from passing the virus on to others.
- Try to avoid crowded buses and trains, and places where there may be lots of people.
- Choosing to shop locally can reduce the virus spreading, and you’re helping support Islington’s fantastic local businesses to recover. Look out for businesses displaying the 'Covid Safe Scheme' stickers, and you can see which businesses are taking part in the scheme on our Covid Safe Scheme for business page.
- By continuing to wear a face covering correctly while shopping, on public transport, and in busy indoor places, you’ll help keep people safe and provide reassurance.
- The NHS Covid-19 app is free to download and has a number of tools to protect you and others.
- If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace service and identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, follow their advice. For more about Test and Trace, go to our NHS Test and Trace page.
- You can help protect our communities further by becoming a Covid-19 Health Champion. Find out more on our Covid health champions web page.