Covid-19 can sometimes be present in people who do not display symptoms at all. It was confirmed that 1 in 3 people with Covid don’t know it – but can still pass it on.
That means thousands of unknown cases in our borough with the potential to infect vulnerable people. By regularly testing residents who feel fine, we’re able to find these cases and break that chain of infection.
Since the introduction of rapid testing, we’re finding about 200 people a week that do have Coivd but didn’t know it
All local people who routinely leave their home and come into contact with others should get into a regular testing habit. By doing so they’ll be helping to protect their family and everyone they meet.
This means that if you leave your home every day, or live with someone who does, you should test twice a week. If you leave the house, but less often, test once a week.
- These tests are for people without symptoms. Do not come for a test if you have a continuous cough, a high temperature, or your sense of smell or taste had changed. Instead self-isolate and call 119 or go to nhs.uk/coronavirus
- Testing is fast, easy and completely free
- Bookings must be made in advance at www.harrow.gov.uk/test
- You will receive your test results by email or text message in about 30 minutes
- You should come alone to your appointment wherever possible
- Wear a face covering and social distance at the test site
- You must self-isolate if you test positive
- Mass testing, together with vaccination, is our route out of this pandemic and back to a more normal life.
- At all of the fixed testing sites (St Anns, Civic Centre, Arts Centre and Shree Swaminarayan Temple Stanmore) there is a cubicle with a curtain, should people wish to test in private.
- The test is completely free of any animal products.
(Source: Harrow Council)