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Getting tested for Coronavirus

Getting tested for coronavirus is the best way for us all to get back to doing the things we love

A new campaign, ‘Let’s Get Back’,has launched focusing on how testing for coronavirus can help life to return to as close to normal as possible for millions of people in a way that is safe and protects our NHS.

Whether you miss doing more things with family and friends, eating out, going to a Mosque, temple or Gurdwara or going to gigs, the cinema or eating out, the campaign highlights the way to get back to enjoying what you love is by getting tested. The message, brought to life by a heart-warming TV advert, highlights some of our favourite national pastimes which have been on hold.

The campaign highlights how NHS Test and Trace plays a vital role in the fight against coronavirus through testing. To avoid the virus spreading the public, whatever their age, should get tested for coronavirus however mild their symptoms if they feel unwell. Symptoms include: a high temperature, new continuous cough, or the loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

NHS Doctor and Senior Lecturer at The University of Leeds School of Medicine Amir Khan said: “Over the past few weeks the UK has gradually been able to emerge out of lockdown with many businesses re-opening their doors and families reuniting for the first time in months. While things are beginning to return to normal, it is important we remember coronavirus continues to represent a threat. It is vital we continue to adhere to essential health behaviours and embrace the use of NHS Test and Trace if we want to get back to enjoying all of the things we love.”

Since it launched in May, NHS Test and Trace has provided over 200,000 tests per day, with 95% of in-person tests receiving results the next day. It has also worked with over 33,000 newly diagnosed people to identify their recent contacts and successfully reached over 184,000 contacts and advised them to self-isolate.

The service will continue to grow and evolve along with the latest scientific advice. Testing is free, quick and vital to stop the spread of Covid-19. Everyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, can get a free test by calling 119 or visiting NHS.uk. By getting tested and self-isolating if you have symptoms, you will protect your friends, family, colleagues and community and will play a vital role in helping the country get back to the things they love.NHS Test and Trace is here to keep us all safe.

For further information and to book a coronavirus test visit: nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.