Right way to do a Covid lateral flow test at home

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce this afternoon that everyone in England will be offered free coronavirus tests twice a week.

The lateral flow tests, which can give results in about 30 minutes, will be available starting Friday whether or not people have symptoms.

Participants can receive a test through a home ordering service, a test program at work or school, or by pickup at a local test location.

And while the tests are quick, it is important that they are done correctly to get accurate results.

But how do you manage one? The video above shows what you need to do.

The prime minister said the program would help stop new outbreaks and allow authorities to identify and control new variants of the disease.

“As we continue to make good progress on our vaccination program and as our roadmap is carefully easing restrictions, regular rapid tests are even more important to ensure that this effort is not wasted,” he said.

“That’s why we’re now running free rapid tests for everyone across England. This helps us stop outbreaks on their trail so we can see the people we love and do the things we enjoy again.”

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