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How do I use an LFD test?

Watch this short video demonstration (opens in new tab) of how to take the LFD test and read the instructions carefully.

If you test positive - self-isolate for at least 5 days if you test positive for COVID-19. You should take a Lateral Flow Device Test (LFD) on day 5 and day 6. If either LFD is positive, you should remain in isolation until you have negative LFDs on two consecutive days, or on day 10, whichever is sooner.

If you still have a high temperature after 5 full days, even if the LFD is negative, you should continue to self-isolate until your temperature has returned to normal.

If you still have a high temperature after 7 full days, even if the LFD is negative, you should continue to self-isolate until your temperature has returned to normal.

If you test negative – you no longer need to isolate.

It is recommended that test results - negative or positive – are recorded on the UK Government portal Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (opens in new tab). We need to be aware of cases to help protect others.

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