When and Why Test

Test Benefits

With access to free lateral flow tests ending from the 1st April in England, we wanted to share with you some valuable insights from recent research to help you make the most of testing.


Scientists recently analysed the length of time it took for people to test negative, following their first positive test. We found that, on average, it took 8 days after the first positive test to log a negative test.


What can we learn from these findings?


Symptoms Start

Have some LFTs at home ready so you can test as soon as symptoms start.
You don't want to be out and about looking for test kits while symptomatic



Use an LFT on the day that you start experiencing symptoms


Positive Test

If you have a positive test, wait 6 days to re-test as it’s
unlikely that you’ll test negative before then



Those aged 75 and over could wait up to 10 days to re-test as research
suggests that those in this age bracket may take longer to recover


Test Again

If your test is negative, test again the next day