COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Coronavirus symptoms and the NHS Test and Trace Service

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Ask for a test if you have symptoms

Ask for a coronavirus test if you have symptoms.

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

Find out about asking for a test to check if you have coronavirus.

Tell people you've been in close contact with that you have symptoms

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

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.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, 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.

NHS Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace Service is now 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 14 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.

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Beacon

Together Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, alongside the West Midlands Combined Authority were selected to take part in the early roll out of the Government’s new Test and Trace Programme. Our sub-regional Beacon programme is one of 11 across the country aiming to accelerate the development of their Outbreak Control Plans.

The Plans set out how we will work with Public Health England (West Midlands) and the NHS as well as ensuring that our local systems are geared up to contain the virus should an outbreak occur. The Beacons will share their best practice and lessons learned so that other local authorities can benefit when bringing online their own plans.

Visit the Stay Safe CSW website

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Test and trace comic strip

Test and trace translated posters

Stay COVID alert posters

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.

Test and trace videos on YouTube

 

 

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