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