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Test and Protect

Help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Test and Protect is Scotland's approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus in the community.

Introduction

Test and Protect is Scotland’s way of putting into practice the test, trace, isolate, support strategy.

It will prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community by:

  • identifying cases of coronavirus through testing
  • tracing the people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with them
  • supporting those close contacts to self-isolate, so that if they have the disease they are less likely transmit it to others

Breaking the chains of transmission in the community will stop the virus spreading. This will allow us to gradually change the restrictions that help to suppress the virus.

Testing

There are test centres across Scotland for people with and without symptoms. Home testing kits may also be available.

You can get a test for:

  • yourself
  • someone you care for
  • a child in your care

Isolating

It’s very important that you stay at home if you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus or you live with someone that has symptoms. Household isolation will help to control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community and the most vulnerable.

Follow this advice if you:

  • have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus but don’t need hospital treatment
  • live with someone who has symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus
  • are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive

Guidance for those who need to isolate

Check-in Scotland

Check In Scotland QR codes are designed to be displayed on posters in pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes. Using your mobile phone to scan a venue’s QR code when you visit will help the NHS trace you if someone from the venue later tests positive for coronavirus.

If you’re the owner or manager of a venue, you can find out more about the QR code and creating one for your venue.

Find out more about using the Check In Scotland QR code if you visit a pub, bar, restaurant or cafe.

Support

Many people will be able to self-isolate with the help of nearby family, friends or neighbours.

If you need support but cannot get this from friends or family, phone the National Assistance Helpline (0800 111 4000) or textphone (0800 111 4114). The helpline is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

More ways to get support for you or someone you know through Ready Scotland.

If you are told to isolate by Test and Protect you may be eligible for a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Protect Scotland app

The free NHS Scotland Protect Scotland app has been designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

By using the app and following current public health measures we can all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

Find out more about the Protect Scotland app or download it through the App Store and Google Play.

Further information

You can find out more about Test and Protect through the Scottish Government.