Rapid Covid-19 testing kits that give a result in 15 minutes are now available to pick up within all Stirling libraries.
Rapid Covid-19 testing kits that give a result in 15 minutes are now available to pick up within all Stirling libraries. With a recent increase in Covid cases across Scotland and the spread of the new Omicron variant, residents are being encouraged to pick up rapid tests and do them twice a week to make sure that they are not carrying COVID-19 without displaying symptoms.

With a recent increase in Covid cases across Scotland and the spread of the new Omicron variant, residents are being encouraged to pick up rapid tests and do them twice a week to make sure that they are not carrying COVID-19 without displaying symptoms.

As the festive season gets into full swing, the need to take more lateral flow tests, including on every occasion when residents plan to mix with other households, is greater than ever.

One in three have no symptoms

Around one in three people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus to other, more vulnerable people, without realising it.

Regular rapid tests are designed to deliver speedy testing for people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19, but who may still be carrying the virus.

Taking one of the free LFD (Lateral Flow Device) asymptomatic testing kits available in libraries can help people to start self-isolating if they test positive and prove a useful tool in the fight against Coronavirus.

Pick up a testing kit on your doorstep

Convenor of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane, said: “The rise in new cases caused by the Omicron variant should be a reminder to people that there is no room for complacency in trying to suppress the virus.

“Our libraries are at the very heart of our communities across Stirling and they provide the perfect opportunity for residents to pick up a testing kit on their doorstep.

“Testing is the best way of knowing if you are potentially spreading Covid-19 despite feeling well. Please, pick up your test today from a local library and help keep Stirling safe.”

Help to keep others safe

Vice Convenor, Councillor Scott Farmer said: “Home testing kits are quick and easy to use, and they provide another way of helping to keep our families safe, and protect our local communities.

“Remember, even if you’re not showing any form of symptoms, it is still possible that you may have the virus and can pass it on to others. By getting tested regularly make sure you’re doing your bit to keep others safe.”

For details of your local library and opening times please see: https://stirling.gov.uk/libraries-archives/library-opening-times/.