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Testing for Covid-19
There is extensive guidance about testing at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Who can get tested for Covid-19?
Anyone aged over five with symptoms of Covid-19 can request a test.
The symptoms are:

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

Do not leave your home if you or someone you live with has any of these symptoms.
You must order a test online immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you do not have access to the internet.
You need to have the test in the first five days of having symptoms. You’ll usually have the option of taking a test at home or at a drive-through testing site.

If you’re a key worker
If you are a key worker and develop Covid-19 symptoms you will be prioritised for testing.
If you develop Covid-19 symptoms you can order a test at www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers
You need to have the test in the first five days of having symptoms. You’ll usually have the option of taking a test at home or at a drive-through testing site.
 
What is test and trace?
The government has announced the introduction of a national test and trace system.
If you develop Covid-19 symptoms you must now contact 119 or order a test online immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If you test positive you must isolate for 7 days and members of your household must isolate for 14 days.
The NHS test and trace service will then text, email or call you and ask you to share details of people you have had close, recent contact with.
They will then be identified and advised to isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms. 

All this information provided by Healthwatch Wigan & Leigh