Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-08

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Produced in partnershi­p with UK Government How to play your part Got symptoms? Stay home. Book a test. Tested positive? Isolate for at least 7 days. No one in your household should leave home if any one person has symptoms. NHS Test and Trace Your questions answered... Alerted by NHS Test and Trace? Isolate for 14 days if you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Q AYes, Do I have to tell the contact tracers who I’ve been in contact with? and if not continue to isolate for 14 days. Coronaviru­s symptoms checklist QCan ANo you’ll be asked who you live and work with, and who you’ve been in contact with during leisure activities. I go out again if I get a negative test result? – you must complete your two-week isolation. A new, continuous cough (coughing for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours) QWill it be anonymous, or will people know you’re the one who infected them? QWill AThe antibody test results be part of the system? AThe NHS Test and Trace service will only tell people they’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for the virus, but won’t share your name and details. All informatio­n is held in strict confidence. WHO doesn’t have evidence to suggest you’re immune if you’ve had the virus, so even if you’ve had an antibody test you’d still need to isolate for 14 days if contacted. High temperatur­e QWhat about people I might have come into contact with on public transport? QHow will you make sure people are isolating while waiting for their test results? AWear a mask on public transport and maintain a two-metre distance. “Contact” is defined as spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of someone with Covid-19. Loss or change of sense of smell or taste AMost people have been complying with social distancing, so the Government is confident the public will play their part in reducing the spread of the virus. But if they find that people are not isolating, they could issue fines. Stay home. Call 119. Book a test at­s QHow AYou will contact tracing work if I have no phone or computer? do need an email address and phone number to get a test, but if you don’t have one you can use a trusted friend or family member’s. QIf I’ve had a positive test and no one has called me within 24 hours, who do I call? to help protect the community AThe service aims to make contact via email, text or landline within 24 hours of receiving the test result, so stay at home for seven days and make sure your household isolates for 14. QWill AYou I be asked to isolate more than once? you’ll get a friendly voice on the end of the line,” she says. “We’re not here to judge you, we don’t mind where you’ve been or who you’ve been with. “What we’re trying to do is get informatio­n about people that you have been in contact with so we can contact them and get them to self isolate to stop the infection from spreading.” elderly gentlemen himself is now awaiting a re-test date and a new operation date.” May and Sarah are just two of the friendly, reassuring voices who make up the NHS Test and Trace team who are working hard to keep everyone safe. So what advice would May give to someone who receives a call? “I’d say please don’t worry, virus, but by using memory jogging techniques I was able to help him trace his steps over the past couple of weeks, confirming he had been initially taken to the hospital in a car by a friend. His friend and their family are now being tested and the potentiall­y lifesaving operation,” says May. “Luckily, he was asymptomat­ic, so he was not suffering unduly from coronaviru­s symptoms and had already been isolating. It d i d n’ t appear possible that he would have met anyone to catch corona- might do if you’ve been in recent close contact with someone who’s tested positive for the virus. The best way to avoid being asked to isolate is to follow social distancing rules. Don’t worry, you will get a friendly voice on the line... QIf AOnly I’m told to self-isolate, can I get a test? order a test if you develop symptoms, PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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