Evidence shows that around 1 in 3 people who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all.
These asymptomatic people can spread the virus unknowingly, in workplaces and in the community. That is why the testing of people without symptoms is vital. Identifying those individuals will save lives.
Employee testing is quick and easy
Swabbing and processing symptom-free tests can be conducted in the workplace itself.
Rapid ‘lateral flow tests' are used that give results within 30 minutes, without needing to send them to a laboratory.
The tests are designed to be easy to use and require minimal training to operate.
The testing programme
Employees need to be tested regularly (repeat testing every 3 to 5 days). This is because sometimes it can be too early in the infection to show up a positive result on a test. For this reason, workplaces must use symptom-free testing in conjunction with other measures such as:
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Washing hands regularly
- Social distancing
- Sticking to national guidelines at all times
We must not relax any of these measures – this testing programme is in addition to them and is to identify asymptomatic cases so that they can self-isolate more quickly.
The following pages provide an overview of the testing process as well as the roles and responsibilities. It outlines our commitment to you and enables you to register your interest and commitment to the process for your workplace.