THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

20/04/2022

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Changes to testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England

Read more at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

What’s changed?

If you still want to get tested and you’re not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.

You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

Do not call 119, as you will not be able to get a test this way. You cannot order tests from NHS 111 or 999.

If you work in the NHS or in social care

You are eligible for free tests if you’re:

  • NHS patient-facing staff
  • staff who deliver NHS services through an independent healthcare provider, and have direct contact with NHS patients
  • a social worker
  • a personal assistant
  • a Shared Lives carer
  • a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector

If you work in care homes, domiciliary care, extra care and supported living services, and adult day care centres, you can also get free NHS tests.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-adult-social-care-settings 

What to do if you have coronavirus or symptoms of COVID-19

While you’re no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, you should try to stay at home and away from others to avoid passing on the virus.

If you have COVID-19, you can pass on the virus to other people for up to 10 days from when your infection starts. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.

You should:

  • try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days
  • avoiding meeting people at higher risk from COVID-19 for 10 days, especially if their immune system means they’re at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, even if they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine

This starts from the day after you did the test.

If a child or young person aged 18 or under tests positive for COVID-19, they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days. This starts from the day after they did the test.

Children and young people tend to be infectious to others for less time than adults. If they’re well and do not have a temperature after 3 days, there’s a much lower risk that they’ll pass on COVID-19 to others.

When to seek medical advice

Go to 111.nhs.uk, call 111 or call your GP surgery if:

  • you’re worried about your symptoms
  • your symptoms get worse

In an emergency, go to A&E immediately or call 999.

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