MS encourages unpaid carers to use rapid Covid self-test kits

Access to rapid Covid self-test kits (lateral flow tests) are now available to unpaid carers and local Member of the Senedd, Lesley Griffiths is encouraging those who are eligible in Wrexham to get tested regularly.

People can order a test online or can collect from certain test sites across Wales, with no appointment needed.

Wrexham MS Lesley Griffiths said: “Around 1 in 3 people who test positive for coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others, which means regular asymptomatic testing is an important way to keep track of the virus and to help keep people safe.”

“The home testing kits can be ordered online or collected from convenient locations.  By getting tested routinely, unpaid carers will not only help protect themselves, but also those they care for, particularly as restrictions are easing.”

Lateral flow tests enable regular asymptomatic testing for coronavirus and make it convenient and accessible for people not covered under existing schemes at workplaces, childcare settings, schools, colleges and universities.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate and get a test by phoning 119, booking it online or via the NHS COVID-19 app.

Each person will routinely be able to collect or have delivered 2 packs of 7 rapid COVID self-test kits for home use.  It is recommended that tests are undertaken twice a week (tested 3 – 4 days apart) with every result recorded on the UK government portal.