The Omicron coronavirus variant is spreading rapidly throughout the UK, and with just days to go until Christmas, Brits are scrambling for tests so they can spend time with family and friends. Since the Government introduced Plan B measures, those trying to book walk-in PCR tests have encountered problems, with some being directed to sites far away from their homes or being told no slots were available.
You should order a PCR test if you fall into any of the following categories:
• you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive and you must self-isolate
• you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council or someone from NHS Test and Trace
• a GP or other health professional has asked you to get a test
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How accurate are LFT’s?
According to the NHS, one in three people with Covid do not show any symptoms but can still infect others, which is why taking a lateral flow test regularly is so important.
According to a meta-analysis of studies by medical database the Cochrane Library, lateral flow tests detect an average of 72 percent of symptomatic cases and 58 percent of asymptomatic ones.
This means LFT’s can commonly bring up false negatives – so if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, you should book a PCR even if your LFT is negative.