Rapid Covid testing started at the University of York today (Sunday).
Results are delivered by text or email within a few hours. Working with the UK government and the NHS, the university is offering the free tests to all asymptomatic students and members of staff on campus.
Not sure what to expect at the mass testing centre on campus?
Ian Wiggins takes you step-by-step through the process in this video produced by YSTV.
These tests are being offered to give staff and students some reassurance that they can resume in-person activities safely and they are not spreading Covid-19 to others.
The Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests used are reported to be safe and reliable but the university is clear that you should minimise social contact until two negative tests have been received.
If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for Covid-19, then you are likely to have developed some immunity, and so a repeat LFD test is unlikely to be necessary within this period.
You therefore don’t need to be tested again but continue to follow the guidance you have already been given by the NHS.
These rapid results tests are voluntary, so you do not have to take part if you don’t want to.
However, if you choose not to get tested, and haven’t tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, then the government strongly recommends you self isolate for ten days before accessing campus facilities.
Full details of the testing is on the university site here.