If anyone, including children, has Covid symptoms they should book a PCR test and they and members of their household should self-isolate until the test result comes through.
You should not use a lateral flow test if you are experiencing Covid symptoms.
If the PCR test comes back negative there’s no need to continue to self-isolate.
If it comes back positive you will need to continue to self-isolate. You can find out here how long for.
What’s the difference between a PCR Test and a LFD test?
- PCR test are for those who have Covid symptoms. You can book a PCR test either online or by telephone.
- LFD tests are for those who don’t have Covid symptoms. It’s a test that looks for presence of Covid-19. It is a rapid test and designed to be used by individuals with no symptoms. The tests are quick and easy to do.
It is really important that you take the correct test especially if Covid symptoms are present.
Here’s some Q&As that you might find useful if you have any more questions about which test you or your family should be using.