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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect information leaflet

Last updated: 9 Aug 2021 - see all updates
Published: 17 Jul 2020

Leaflet providing information on the Test and Protect service from NHS Scotland, a new way to tackle coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect information leaflet
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - Letter from the First Minister of Scotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - letter from the First Minister of Scotland

Your efforts in helping to tackle the COVID-19 crisis have been admirable. Thank you for everything you have done – and are doing – to help control the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

Together we have made great progress, but COVID-19 has not gone away – which is why I am writing to you now. I want to set out how we continue those efforts and the role we need you to play. We will only succeed if everyone does their bit.

NHS Scotland's Test and Protect service is key to this and it will become part of all our lives in the months ahead. It will help us suppress the virus while we slowly ease lockdown restrictions, helping keep you, your loved ones and your community safe.

As part of Test and Protect, there are three things we need from you:

  1. If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 – a cough, temperature or loss of or change in taste or smell – you and your household should isolate at home and you should take immediate steps to book a test. To do this go to or, if you can't get online, call NHS 24 on 0800 028 2816.
  2. If you test positive, you work with a member of NHS Test and Protect staff to provide the details of all those you have been in close contact within the 48 hours before your symptoms began.
  3. If you are contacted by an NHS contact tracer and asked to isolate for 14 days, you follow that advice and do not leave your home for that time period.

This way we can break the chains of transmission of the virus and stop it moving from one person to another. It is only by doing this that we can lift more of the lockdown restrictions and enable people to go back to school, to work and to meeting friends and family.

To avoid catching COVID-19, or being asked to isolate, it is essential that we all practise good hygiene and follow the guidelines on who, where and how we meet others. Keep 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household, regularly wash your hands, avoid touching your face and wear a face covering on public transport or in busy shops. This is how we keep the virus under control.

I understand this is asking a lot from you, and it will require exactly the same spirit of solidarity and care for each other as lockdown has done.

Remember, the virus has not gone away. It affects everyone and can infect anyone. So please read the information leaflet and follow the advice. Help us to protect you, your loved ones and your community.

Thank you for the progress made so far.

Yours sincerely,

Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister of Scotland


First published: 17 Jul 2020 Last updated: 9 Aug 2021 -