COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Vaccines, symptoms and Test and Trace

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are our best defence against the virus. People who are most at risk of complications from COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. The vaccination programme is being managed by the NHS - you do not need to take any action. The NHS will contact you and let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

Help control the virus

We want everyone in Coventry to stay safe and help in keeping the number of infections as low as possible. 1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it. To do this everyone needs to play their part by keeping informed of the latest government guidance and implementing this in our everyday activities.

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • Wash your hands – Keep washing your hands regularly.
  • Cover your face – Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces.
  • Make space – Stay at least a metre away from people not in your household.
  • If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

If you start to show any symptoms, no matter how mild, then you should self-isolate and seek a test. Don’t become complacent. By not following guidance you could be spreading COVID-19 without knowing it. Help us to keep Coventry safe.

Ask for a test if you have symptoms

If you have any coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home.

Getting tested will help you find out if you and anyone you live with can stop self-isolating.

You may want to tell people you've been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have coronavirus.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you can get advice from the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Local GPs and Accident and Emergency departments in Coventry are still open during the COVID-19 situation, though how you access them might be slightly different than you're used to.

What does close contact mean?

They do not need to self-isolate unless they're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. But they should take extra care to follow social distancing advice, including washing their hands often.

If they get any coronavirus symptoms, they should get advice from the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you're waiting for a coronavirus test result
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus - this means you have coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive

There is separate advice if you're told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in contact with a person with coronavirus.

For information about self-isolating when you travel or return to the UK, see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

NHS Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace Service is available to anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 10 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop spreading the virus.

Book a test

Please remember, the NHS Test and Trace service will not:

  • visit your home
  • ask for bank details or payments
  • ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
  • ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
  • ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087

The NHS Test and Trace website contains further information about symptoms, what to do and how to isolate.

Visit the Stay Safe Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire website.

Test and trace testing site locations

It's important that people do what they can to prevent the spread in Coventry. If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, then you must self-isolate and book a test immediately.

We currently have five testing sites in Coventry.

Before you visit, you need to book your test online.

NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace App advice for businesses and residents

The NHS Test and Trace App is available for people over 16 to download to help to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

Download the NHS COVID-19 App from:

The NHS Test and Trace App uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. It will be used in England and Wales, alongside traditional contact tracing.

It notifies users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

Hospitality venues, including bars, restaurants and a number of other venues are expected to display a QR code at the entrance to the premises. The QR code will be unique to the venue and will enable app users to check in when they arrive at a location.

View a full list of venues that need to comply

By scanning a QR code app users will be helping the NHS to trace and alert individuals that may have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus.

App users will be able to report symptoms, and book a coronavirus test using the app.

The “Check-in” feature anonymously alerts users who have been at the same venue at the same time.

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Action cards – reporting an outbreak

  • Public Health England has released action cards for businesses that summarise the steps that should be taken to manage a possible outbreak of COVID-19. The Action Cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your business or organisation.

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