Anyone with Covid Symptoms should book a PCR test
If anyone, including children, has Covid symptoms they should book a PCR test and they and members of their household should self-isolate until the test result comes through.
You should not use a lateral flow test if you are experiencing Covid symptoms.
If the PCR test comes back negative, there is no need to continue to self-isolate.
If it comes back positive, you will need to continue to self-isolate. You can find out here how long for: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/
How long you need to self-isolate. If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.
What’s the difference between a PCR Test and a LFD test?
· PCR test are for those who have Covid symptoms. You can book a PCR test either online or by telephone. (gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19)
· LFD tests are for those who do not have Covid symptoms. It’s a test that looks for presence of Covid-19. It is a rapid test and designed to be used by individuals with no symptoms. The tests are quick and easy to do.
It is very important that you take the correct test especially if Covid symptoms are present. Here are some questions and answers that you might find useful (link) if you have any questions about which test you or your family should be using.