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Symptom-free testing

Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms and can therefore spread the virus without knowing.

Symptom-free testing (also known as rapid testing or community testing) is a way to identify people who do not have coronavirus symptoms but are infectious.

Lateral flow tests

A lateral flow test (LFT) detects whether coronavirus is present or not – even in someone who shows no coronavirus symptoms.

A swab or saliva sample is applied to the lateral flow device's absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, visually showing a positive or negative result at the end.

This test means we can identity and isolate more people who might spread coronavirus without knowing.

Lateral flow tests are safe, inexpensive and the results are trusted.

Book a test

Lateral flow tests are for people who don't have symptoms. Find out how to get a test if you do have coronavirus symptoms.

There are several places you can go to get a lateral flow test in Norfolk. Venues, dates and times are constantly being updated, so check again later if you can't find an appointment that suits you straight away.

Book a lateral flow test

Frequently asked questions

If you get a positive result, it is likely that you were infectious at the time the test was taken.

The LFT cannot detect very low levels of coronavirus in a sample. For example, you might not get a positive test result if:

  • You have only recently been infected
  • You are in the incubation period
  • You have mostly recovered from coronavirus
No. We hope that many people will see the benefits of getting involved in local testing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in their communities.
It takes less than 15 minutes to have the test.
The test takes around 30 minutes to give a result.
If you test positive with the LFT, you must start self-isolating straight away and have a PCR test (a swab test that is analysed in a laboratory).
You continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus.

We want to identify people who do not have coronavirus symptoms but who are infectious as they could unknowingly spread the infection to others.

Identifying and supporting infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms will help reduce the spread of the virus.

Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test.

Swabbing and processing of these tests must currently be done at a dedicated testing site by trained personnel.

The devices are designed to be intuitive and require minimal training to use. We are looking at how this test could be self-administered.

The UK Government has been purchasing kits. The cost per kit is not disclosed due to commercial confidentiality and sensitivities.
The current position is that these will not be available to purchase on the market.
If you have any of the coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate straightway and get a test for people who have coronavirus symptoms.

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