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Which COVID-19 test is right for you?

Not all COVID tests are the same so it’s important to get the right one. Find out where to go to get tested, which test is most suitable for you, and what to do if you get a positive COVID-19 test result. Which test do I need if I have COVID-19 symptoms? You will need a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test if you have at least one of these three coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed


  • you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

  • you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council or contact tracers

  • you need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms

  • you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result

  • a GP or other health professional has asked you to get a test

If you come under any of the point above, book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Test sites are open 7 days a week.

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