Glasgow residents without Covid-19 symptoms are being asked to get tested if an Asymptomatic Test Centre is set up in their neighbourhood.
People can have the virus and be infectious, yet have no symptoms. This could mean they are spreading Covid-19 to loved ones and in their community without knowing.
To help stop this, Glasgow is rolling out Covid-19 asymptomatic testing aimed at identifying positive cases in communities and preventing it being passed on.
Pop-up test sites, using quick and easy Lateral Flow Tests will begin rolling out in communities across the city from March 1. People living or working in surrounding neighbourhoods are encouraged to go along and get tested if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. Anyone over the age of five can be tested and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Each testing site will be in place for several weeks and will be staffed by the Armed Forces. Appointments are not necessary and by volunteering residents will be helping to protect their loved ones and their communities as well as helping fight the pandemic.
Waste-water tests and the most up-to-date data will be used to identify communities where pop-up asymptomatic testing is needed.
The roll-out of asymptomatic testing in Glasgow follows earlier pilot projects in Dalmarnock and West Pollokshields as well as others elsewhere in Scotland.
The new community testing programme is part of ongoing, wider, asymptomatic national testing, which includes health and social care workers and students. Other test facilities will be set up in more Glasgow neighbourhoods over coming weeks.
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People who test positive will have to self-isolate for 10 days (or longer if fever persists). Anyone asked to self-isolate who needs support, can phone the National Assistance Helpline (0800 111 4000) or textphone (0800 111 4114) from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The helpline can also advise people about eligibility for the Self-Isolation Support Grant.
Free testing is still available to anyone with Covid symptoms. Anyone with a fever, new continuous cough or loss of / change in taste or smell should isolate straight away and book a test at NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.
Download the free Protect Scotland mobile phone app at protect.scot It only takes a few minutes and helps contact tracing to break the chains of transmission quicker.
Please continue to wear a face mask and follow FACTS after having the Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test result and when attending test centres.