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Testing for Coronavirus

//Testing for Coronavirus

When and where to get tested for Coronavirus?

Everyone over five years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing. You should get tested in the first 3 days of 
Coronavirus symptoms appearing, although testing is considered effective up until day 5. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature); OR
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it maybe worse than usual); OR
  • a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.
No testing should be undertaken after day 5, unless it’s for a specific reason which will be agreed on a case by case basis by local microbiologists.

Testing for all symptomatic individuals in Northern Ireland can be booked at

If you have questions about a test you’ve booked or are having trouble booking a test, you can call 119.