What Is Rapid Antigen Testing?
Lateral flow testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. In some circumstances, lateral flow tests can also be used for other diagnostic tasks.
The tests are easy to use and give results in 2-3 minutes. Those who test positive must immediately self-isolate to avoid passing the virus on to others.
Why lateral flow tests are being offered?
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so a test that rapidly detects these otherwise hidden cases is a very useful additional
tool for tackling the virus.
Lateral flow tests are practical, easy to interpret, and can be used in a wide range of settings. This makes them ideal for widespread use in the community.
Clinical evaluation by Public Health England (PHE) and The Oxford University shows that the tests perform best when levels of virus are at their highest. Thousands of positive COVID-19 cases have already been detected using our tests.
Each positive case identified can help prevent many additional people from becoming infected over time.
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