The Wokingham Paper : 2020-07-09



17 | To advertise call 0118 327 2662 WOKINGHAM. TODAY Thursday, July 9, 2020 HARD WORK Test and trace The government has introduced the NHS test and trace system in England that will help control the spread of coronaviru­s (Covid-19). This system has been introduced in order to help protect the NHS and social care systems. The NHS test and trace servicewil­l ensure that anyonewho develops symptoms of Covid-19 can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomat­ic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents. It will also help trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronaviru­s and, if necessary, notifies them that theymust self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus. Howdoes it work? If you have symptoms of coronaviru­s: If you have been in contact with someonewho has coronaviru­s: ISOLATE – ALERT – for at least 7 days as soon as you experience symptoms. People in your household must isolate for 14 days fromwhen you started showing symptoms. you will be alerted by the NHS test and trace service if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. This will be via text, email or phone call. You should then log on to the NHS test and trace website, which is normally the easiest way for you and the service to communicat­e with each other – but, if not, a trained call handlerwil­l talk you through what you must do. Under 18s will get a phone call and a parent or guardian will be asked to give permission for the call to continue. TEST – order a test immediatel­y at or call if you don’t have­s 119 ISOLATE - you will be told to begin self-isolation for 14 days fromyour last contact with the person who has tested positive. It’s really important to do this even if you don’t feel unwell because, if you have been infected, you could become infectious to others at any point up to 14 days. Your household doesn’t need to self-isolate with you, if you do not have symptoms, but theymust take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashin­g and avoid contact with you at home. internet access. RESULTS – If your test is positive, you must continue to isolate for the full 7 days and your household must continue to isolate for 14 days fromwhen you started showing symptoms. TEST (if needed) – if you develop symptoms of coronaviru­s, othermembe­rs of your household must self-isolate immediatel­y at home for 14 days and you must book a test at or call if you have no internet access. If your test is positive, you must continue to stay at home for at least 7 days and theywill get in touch to ask about your contacts since theymust self-isolate. SHARE CONTACTS – If you test positive for coronaviru­s, youwill receive a text, email or phone call from the NHS test and trace service, explaining howto provide details of people you have had contact with and places you have visited.­s 119 It is important you do this as soon as possible to allowthe service to give advice to peoplewho may be affected. If your test is negative, you must still complete your 14-day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet - this is crucial to avoid unknowingl­y spreading the virus. YOU MUST STILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOWTHE GUIDELINES: • Social distancing from people outside of your household • Self-isolation for you and your household if you develop symptoms (even if you haven’t been contacted by the test and trace service) • Practising good hygiene – washing your hands regularly, using hand sanitizerw­hen handwashin­g is unavailabl­e andwearing face coveringsw­hen using public transport Formore informatio­n on test and trace visit:­s 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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