Test and Protect is Scotland's approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus in the community.
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
This will allow us to gradually change the restrictions that help to suppress the virus, and instead to contain it so that society and the economy can avoid a return to lockdown.
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus should be tested. You can book a test for:
- someone you care for
- a child in your care
You can also book a test if:
- you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council or health protection team
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
- you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result
Contact tracing is a process for identifying people who are at risk of coronavirus infection because they‘ve had enough contact with a person who has tested positive. These people will be given advice to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Contract tracing is a well-established public health intervention. Health protection teams have a lot of experience delivering contact tracing for a range of infectious diseases.
Contact tracing is part of the national Test and Protect approach to containing the virus.
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
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.
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.
Protect Scotland app
The free NHS Scotland Protect Scotland app has been designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.
By using the app and following current public health measures we can all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.
You can find out more about Test and Protect through the Scottish Government.
A leaflet and step-by-step guide to Test and Protect is also available in a range of languages and formats, including easy read and British Sign Language (BSL).