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Seeking a test reminder

Dear Parent,

This is a reminder about seeking a test if your child or anyone in your family have ANY of the 11 symptoms of COVID19.

The following was shared with families a few weeks ago.

 

A NEW warning about the need for a coronavirus test even if you don’t have the three classic symptoms of the disease has been issued.

Blackburn with Darwen’s director of public health Professor Dominic Harrison had said there are 11 other milder signs of Covid-19 infection.

They include a runny nose, a persistent headache, shortness of breath and vomiting.

The classic three symptoms which the NHS advises people to look out for are a high temperature, a new persistent cough and a loss of smell or taste.

Prof Harrison issued his alert following new guidance from the World Health Organisation.

He is advising people who display any of the raft of milder symptoms to get a coronavirus test as soon as possible.

Prof Harrison said: “At the moment, national instruction is for people to get tested if they are showing the three main symptoms: a high temperature, a persistent cough or a loss of smell or taste.

“However, many other countries advise residents to seek a test if they have any one of 11 known principal symptoms.

“They include: diarrhoea, a persistent headache, fever and chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea or vomiting. Across Lancashire we’ve seen reports of residents who have only experienced, for example, diarrhoea or a persistent and unusual headache lasting more than 24 hours who later turn out to have a confirmed Covid-19 case.

 

Please note, when you seek a test on the gov.uk website, you can still book a test, even if you or your child do not have one of the 3 main symptoms:

  • Temperature
  • Cough
  • loss of taste/smell

 

Even if you have any of the other symptoms, you can still book a test:

  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • body aches
  • headache
  • congestion
  • chills
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • congestion

There is a page further on when on the gov.uk test site, which asks you if your local authority has asked you to seek a test, it is on that page that you can click yes. You don’t have to pretend to have one of the 3 main symptoms to get tested, our local authority are keen for people to be tested if they have ANY of the symptoms highlighted in red above.

I hope that helps a little.

As ever, stay safe and well,

We are really looking forward to seeing you all next week.

Mr. Matthews

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