Covid 19 Advice for Parents
Information for parents and carers
What is the difference between an LFD test and a PCR test?
There are two types of COVID-19 tests:
The Polymerase Chain Reaction (also known as PCR) should be taken if you are showing symptoms of Covid 19, even if you are undertaking twice weekly LFD testing (See below). The results of a PCR test will be interpreted by a trained and qualified healthcare professional. PCR tests give you a fairly accurate indication of whether or not you are infected with coronavirus. You can book to have a PCR test here.
Approximately 1 in 3 individuals are asymptomatic when they contract COVID-19 and it is believed that the use of regular LFD tests will help to identify those who may be positive for COVID-19 and are still infectious yet are asymptomatic.
Currently, school staff and those who live in the same household as someone who works in, or attends, a school setting can undertake twice weekly LFD testing - you can order your kits here. Because of the way the LFD tests work to identify Covid -19 based on your 'viral load,' these must not be used in replacement of a PCR test if you develop symptoms of Covid -19. In this instance, you must book to have a PCR test. LFD tests are not as accurate as PCR tests and may miss cases of Covid - 19