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Coronavirus tests and self-isolating

Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it. We all have a crucial part to play in keeping the number of new infections down and protecting our loved ones.

It is vital that you play your part and follow the rules around isolation. Breaking them could lead to a fine of up to £10,000.

If you have symptoms

Get a free NHS test and stay at home if you have any of these symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Regular tests if you don't have symptoms

Anyone can get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms.

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

There are several ways for people who live and work in Merton to get a rapid lateral flow test. Please choose the one that works best for you.

If testing at home, you will need to register the results online or by calling 119.

When to self-isolate

You must stay at home and self-isolate immediately if: 

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus 
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus 
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive 
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive 
  • you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app 
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk. 

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When self-isolating, do not go to work, school or any other public spaces. Any exercise should be taken within your home, and you should ask friends or family to buy food or other essentials.

Get help if you're self-isolating

You may be entitled to a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

More help for Merton residents who are self-isolating

Surge testing

Enhanced coronavirus testing in the Figges Marsh and Wyvern Industrial Estate areas has now finished.