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How to get tested for COVID-19 if you cannot work from home

This is an easy read guide from the Suffolk Collective and Suffolk Resilience about community testing.

The information contained is accurate from when it was published on 3rd March 2021.

Easy Read Community Testing: How to get tested for COVID-19 if you cannot work from home

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Community Testing: How to get tested for COVID-19 if you cannot work from home

What is community testing?

If you cannot work from home, and have to go into a place of work, you can get a free test through new community testing available in Suffolk. This will help to prevent people who do not have symptoms from spreading COVID-19 to other people without knowing.

Who is it for?

Anyone without COVID-19 symptoms can get tested. It is aimed at people who cannot stay at home during lockdown due to work commitments. Taxi drivers, nursery workers and delivery drivers are examples of people who could benefit from community testing. It also includes people who work in construction, transport services and factories.

Why should I get tested if I don’t have symptoms?

1 in 3 people with the COVID-19 do not show any symptoms. Through community testing, we can quickly identify those who unknowingly have COVID-19 and stop the spread of the virus to other people.

What does the test involve?

Community testing uses a test known as a Lateral Flow Test. These are processed at the centre where you take the test, instead of being sent away to a lab. The test involves a simple swab taken from your throat and nose. Results will be processed quickly. You should get your result within 30 minutes. This will usually be sent by a text to your phone.

What does the test show?

If you test positive you must go home and self-isolate for 10 days. Financial support is available in some cases from your local council. Search for ‘self isolation payment Suffolk to find details about self isolation payments from your local council. If you test negative you do not need to self-isolate. However, it is recommended to do another test in a few days as the level of the virus in your body may have increased.

How do I get a test?

There are community testing locations across Suffolk. You can find out more:


Alternatively, you can call 0333 772 6144 for more information.

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