If you have any coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home

Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are 2 different coronavirus tests. One tells you if you have coronavirus now, the other tells you if you’ve had it before.

Find out if you have coronavirus now

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.


  • if your child has any of the following?
  • Is finding it hard to breathe including drawing in of the muscles below their lower ribs, at their neck or between their ribs (recession) or head bobbing.
  • Seems dehydrated (dry mouth, sunken eyes, no tears, drowsy or passing less urine than usual).
  • Is becoming drowsy (excessively sleepy) or irritable (unable to settle them with toys, TV, food or picking up) - especially if they remain drowsy or irritable despite their fever coming down.
  • Has extreme shivering or complains of muscle pain.
  • Babies under 3 months of age with a temperature above 38°C /100.4°F.
  • Infants 3-6 months of age with a temperature above 39°C /102.2°F.
  • For all infants and children with a fever above 38°C for more than 5 days.
  • Is getting worse or if you are worried.
  • Has persistent vomiting and/or persistent severe abdominal pain.
  • Has blood in their poo or wee.
  • Any limb injury causing reduced movement, persistent pain or head injury causing persistent crying or drowsiness.


If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms

Your local council, workplace, university or school may offer you a test even if you don’t have symptoms.

Sites are being set up where people without symptoms can take tests.

During national lockdown, some local councils are prioritising people who can’t work from home.

Find your local council.

Care home residents or staff

There’s a separate testing service for care home residents or staff members. You can still get tested even if you do not have symptoms.

If you’re going into hospital

You may need to get tested if you’re due to have surgery or a procedure.

The hospital will arrange this for you. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions. ​

Antibody testing to check if you’ve had coronavirus before

Antibody tests are to help the NHS and scientists learn more about who has already had the virus and how it has spread in the UK.

Free NHS antibody tests are only available to some people. This depends on:

  • where you live (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland)
  • what job you do
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