Coronavirus testing has been prioritised for those most at risk of severe illness from the virus in order to save lives, protect the most vulnerable and relieve pressure on the NHS. All other individuals with a high temperature or new, continuous cough are being advised to stay at home for seven days. In response to this, people have paid more than £300 for home testing kits, but a GP warned on ITV’s This Morning these tests may not indicate if you have COVID-19.
GOV.UK advises: “People who are in the community with a fever or cough do not usually need testing.”
Instead, tests will primarily be given to:
- All patients in critical care for pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or flu like illness
- All other patients requiring admission to hospital for pneumonia, ARDS or flu like illness
- Where an outbreak has occurred in a residential or caste setting for example long-term care facility or prisons
GOV.UK adds: “All other individuals with a high temperature or new, continuous cough should stay at home for 7 days.
“People do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.
“If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online.
“If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.”
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus
At the moment, the UK has been advised to practice social distancing.
In line with this, the NHS states everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.