Get tested to protect family, friends and wider community
The new NHS Test and Trace service is now live.
Thousands of new contact tracers have been enlisted to provide advice to people who test positive for coronavirus and those who they have come into contact with.
However, the service will only be truly effective in helping to reduce transmission rates and in so doing getting the country back on its feet, if we get tested as soon as we start experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
Most people with coronavirus display at least one of these symptoms:
high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal The symptoms of coronavirus are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell.
If you are displaying any symptoms you should contact nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. You can ask for a test for yourself or for someone you live with, if you have coronavirus symptoms.
If you test positive, you should respond as soon as possible to texts or emails from NHS Test and Trace. This will help to protect you, your family and friends and everyone in the wider community. ... See MoreSee Less
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