New survey shows that most UK adults are not taking up the government’s offer to test regularly for COVID-19.


First published in May 2021.


According to a recent YouGov survey, 4 out of 5 UK adults (79%) admit they are not taking regular Covid-19 tests (i.e. at least once or twice a week) as recommended by the government.

Since 9 April, everyone in England is eligible for free, regular, rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week. Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, the government sees regular testing as “an essential part of the easing of restrictions, helping identify variants and stopping individual cases from becoming outbreaks.”

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Back in April, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock was very enthusiastic about the testing, “Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without any symptoms, so getting tested regularly is one of the simplest and easiest ways we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. I’d encourage everyone to take up the offer and test twice a week.”

Unfortunately for the government, only 19% have taken up the offer according to the survey and actually test regularly.


And strangely... 2% don’t know if they are taking regular tests!?!? 



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[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 18 May 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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