A big change is imminent in what to do if you test positive for coronavirus on a lateral flow test.
Currently, anyone who tests positive on any of the quick turnaround tests is recommended to book a PCR test immediately to confirm the result.
But the UK Health Security Agency – formerly Public Health England – has confirmed the move will go into effect today (January 11th).
Now anyone who tests positive with a lateral flow device (LFD) is told to isolate immediately without the need for PCR for confirmation.
UKHSA said it was a temporary measure while Covid-19 rates remain high across the UK.
UKHSA managing director Dr. Jenny Harries said, “This is a proven approach. With high Covid cases, we can safely say that lateral flow tests can be used to indicate Covid-19 without the need for PCR confirmation.
“If you test positive on an LFD, you should immediately self-isolate and register your result so that contact tracing can take place.
“It also remains very important that everyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms isolates themselves and does a PCR test via gov.uk or by calling 119.
“I am really grateful to the public and to all of our critical co-workers who continue to test regularly and self-isolate if necessary, along with other practical and important behaviors to limit the transmission of the virus as this is the most effective way to stop it the spread of infection and the safety of our friends, families and communities. “
The new rules do not apply to people who wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment, people doing lateral flow tests as part of research, and people who test positive on the second day after arriving in England .
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