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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing


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There are two tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19): 

  • PCR tests - tests which are sent to a lab to be checked.
  • Rapid lateral flow tests - tests which you can take regularly and give a result in 30 minutes. They are less sensitive than PCR tests, but can help to stop the virus spreading.

Both tests are free.

PCR tests

You should get a PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Get a PCR test

Rapid lateral flow tests

You can get regular rapid tests if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

You should take a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. 

Get rapid lateral flow tests

Local testing sites

There are two local testing sites in South Tyneside - one in Jarrow and one in South Shields. 

COVID-19 local testing sites

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