Regular testing for Covid is important in helping us to keep on top of local infection rates - especially as 1 in 3 of us may be carrying the virus and spreading it without knowing it.
That’s why every adult and child over 12 in England is advised to take a lateral flow test, also known as a self-test kit, twice a week at home.
As lockdown easing continues and we interact with more people, the more likely we are to spread Covid in our communities.
Regular testing helps quickly identify any Covid outbreaks, slow the spread and help keep the North East open.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to take a lateral flow test at home.
The lateral flow test
Inside your self-test kit, you’ll find
To take the test
Processing the swab sample
Waiting for the results
Reading your results
We will continue to update this information as the situation evolves. Together we can #BeatCovidNE