Essential workers: get a test today to check if you have coronavirus

Use this service to get a free test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can use it if you have symptoms and either:

There’s a different way to get a test if you’re not an essential worker and do not live with one (on the NHS website).

Check what the main symptoms of coronavirus are.

This test can tell you if you have coronavirus at the time the swab sample is taken. The test to tell if you’ve ever had coronavirus (an antibody test) is not available yet.

If you live in Leicester

Because there’s a coronavirus outbreak, you can get a test even if you do not have symptoms.

What the test involves

You can usually choose to take the test at home or at a drive-through or walk-through test site.

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

When to get tested

You need to get the swab test done within the first 5 days of having symptoms. After that, it’s too late.

On days 1 to 4, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you’re ordering a home test kit on day 4, do so by 3pm.

On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit.

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Applying for a test on behalf of someone else

You can apply for up to 3 other people at a time.

If you’re applying for someone who’s 13 and over, you need to check that they’re happy for you to apply on their behalf.

In England and Wales, the test is for all ages. In Northern Ireland and Scotland, testing is only for people aged 5 and over.

If you need help with your symptoms

If you have coronavirus symptoms and need help, you can contact these services: