Published on: 16th September 2020
To stop the spread of the virus remember Hands. Face. Space
There is now very high demand for coronavirus tests and it is vital we test people with symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus.
If you have COVID symptoms, you must get a test.
If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.
We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.
A recent survey at testing sites found a quarter of people turning up did not have symptoms. If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms, and have not been advised to take a test by a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council, you should not be booking a test. Healthcare professionals will be checking those for symptoms at testing sites.
If you have any coronavirus symptoms you must isolate immediately for 10 days (don’t wait for a test or a test result before doing so).
If you are identified as a contact of a positive case you must isolate for the full 14 days (even if for some reason you got a negative test during that period).
You should NOT get tested:
· If you have returned from abroad or are about to travel, you are returning to the workplace, you have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You may be advised to isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed but you should only get a test if you have symptoms.
By following these simple rules, we can ensure people who need a test can get one.
When to get a test or not: