Lateral Flow

Are you doing Lateral Flow Tests?

October 22, 2021 | Southmedia

Help keep us all safe

We are all encouraged to get tested frequently because it helps detect the most infectious Covid-19 cases and helps stop the virus spreading.


About 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You can get free regular Covid tests if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19. 


It’s recommended that we all do rapid Lateral Flow Device Covid tests at least twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if we have the virus. If people test positive, they should get a PCR test and self-isolate until they get a negative result, as this helps stop the virus from spreading.


All staff, therapists and volunteers at the Centre regularly do Lateral Flow Tests and we encourage our members to do so too. 


Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass Covid-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.


You can order free Covid tests to do at home and keep the people you care about safe, or there are local click and collect centres. The ones in Reading can be found hereThey are also freely available from chemists.


However, if you DO have symptoms of Covid-19, you need a different test called a PCR test, which you can book on the Government website.


Please do not attend the Centre if you feel unwell, even with a negative Lateral Flow Test. 


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