If you don't have symptoms
Updated 28 May 2021
Regular self-testing (twice a week), with lateral flow tests can reduce the spread of infection and stop people unknowingly passing on the virus to others.
These tests are fast and free, and everyone in Essex without symptoms can now order packs of lateral flow tests to do at home. We recommend self-testing twice a week.
How do I get a lateral flow test?
You can choose to:
- order 1 pack of lateral flow tests (7 tests) to your home (from GOV.UK), or
- collect 2 packs of lateral flow tests (14 tests) from a local collection point (NHS map).
If you have the option of getting tested through your workplace, school, college or university, you should continue to do so.
If you cannot order online
If you cannot order online, call 119.
If you cannot test yourself
If you have a health condition that makes testing yourself at home difficult, you can now get an assisted test at a number of pharmacies across Essex.
Taking the test and reporting results
You should follow the instructions included with your test kit for taking the test and reporting your results.
If a test result is positive
If you or anyone in your household tests positive:
- everyone in the household must self-isolate immediately
- the person who tests positive must get a PCR test to confirm the result (a PCR test is a different type of COVID-19 test)