Covid-19 isn’t as big of a public health concern as it was in 2020 and 2021. Thanks to effective vaccines and boosters, our population has managed to develop some herd immunity against the virus. This doesn’t mean that the virus has gone away, it just means that it isn’t as widespread as it was and people aren’t getting as sick as they used to.

It looks like covid-19 is going to be a part of our lives for some time to come. Due to this, there is still a risk that you can both catch and spread the disease. While most people will recover without the need for hospitalization, there are still groups of people who are at risk- even if they’re vaccinated. This includes the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and those with certain underlying health issues.

That’s why many countries and holiday destinations will require proof of a negative covid-19 test before you are allowed in. Before you travel, check the current covid-19 guidelines for where you’re going to be. If you find that they need proof of a negative rapid antigen test, West Chemist can help.

What is a Rapid Antigen Test?

Also known as a lateral flow test, a rapid antigen test is the fastest method of finding out whether you have covid-19. After applying your sample to the test, you can get results in mere minutes.

To get the sample, a long swab is inserted deep within your nose and/or the back of your throat. The sample is then swirled around in a tube containing the testing solution before this solution is dropped onto the antigen test strip.

Similar to a pregnancy test, a specific pattern will show up on the test strip if there are certain proteins and antibodies present that are indicative of covid-19.

Where Can I Get a Covid Test for Travel in Northampton?

If you need a rapid antigen test in the UK or a same-day antigen test, contact West Chemist or visit our website. Booking an antigen test in Northampton is made simple through our website, with several conveniently timed appointments available to suit your schedule.