3 Ways You’re Doing Your Side Flow Check WRONG

BRITS is very familiar with lateral flow tests by now – for months we have been putting swabs on our noses to check if we are clear of Covid.

Bilateral flow is not uncomfortable but is largely painless and gives you and your loved ones a sense of peace of mind.

Covid side flow testing with swabs and pads - Britons have been asked to continue using these before seeing others or going to events


Covid side flow testing with swabs and pads – Britons have been asked to continue using these before seeing others or going to events

The best way to beat Omicron is to monitor your health using tests and boost – like a series extremely active research showed milder variation than other strains.

However, there are still some people who are doing something wrong when using lateral flow, which could mean they get incorrect results back.

Dr. Nathan, an A&E doctor in London who creates helpful posts on his Instagram page (@expedition_doctor) to explain all about Covid side flow tests (LFT)…

What Mistakes people make when taking their lateral flow?

“Failed to detect a positive test.

“Any positive line within 30 minutes, even if it is so faint that it can hardly be seen, is a positive result.

“However, if a blurred lines appears after 30 minutes, this can be ignored. ”

What is the best way to create lateral flow?

“Read the entire enclosed instructions before you start testing.

“Don’t forget to eat or drink at least 30 minutes before, blow your nose and wash your hands!”

How often should you pick your throat AND nose?

“You should always follow the instructions that come with it.

“If the test recommends doing a throat swab and a nose swab, do this. If it only recommends cotton swabs, do this.

“That being said, there are some anecdotal reports of people with a positive throat swab and a negative nose swab, then developing symptoms and a positive PCR result.”

Experts have clashed over ignoring the instructions in the packaging and always picking their throats.

Some say it’s essential because Omicrons can appear during the incubation period in the throat and not the nose, but others disagree.

Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.


The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get key additional vaccines in British arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.

It comes like New side stream checking rules coming soon, with location changes from Tuesday.

From January 11, you will not have to do PCR if you test positive in the lateral flow and are asymptomatic.

The rules are quite simple – if you have a positive result about a lateral flow, you isolate and assume you have Covid.

If you don’t have symptom you don’t need to do anything else, other than stay at home and post your results on the Government website.

However, you should always have a follow-up PCR test if you have symptoms of coronavirus, regardless of side flow test results.

The most common symptoms of Covid revealed as Omicron dominates 3 Ways You’re Doing Your Side Flow Check WRONG


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