What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

To meet the case definition for testing for COVID-19, you must display any of the
following:

• Fever (37.8° C or higher)
• A new or continuous cough
• Loss of sense of taste or smell

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How do symptomatic members of the public request a test?

Everyone in Wales (including children) is entitled to request a Coronavirus test if they are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

Tests can be booked at local testing sites and mobile testing units. An up-to-date list of testing sites is available on our website. Anyone wanting to book a test can contact 119 or book online.

You can also request a self-test kit to be carried out in the home. People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119. You can ask for a test kit for yourself or anyone else you live with who is symptomatic.

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As a critical worker how do I request a test?

If you are a critical worker, or a household member of a critical worker, and are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, you can request a test at a community testing centre (CTU). You can do this by contacting 119 or online.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB staff should always be tested via the CTUs. This is also important for care home staff and all other key workers, such as those in the police, fire service, and ambulance service.

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How soon after developing symptoms should I apply for a test?

You should apply for a test as soon as possible once you experience symptoms, and self-isolate until you receive the result. Once you have the result you must follow the advice given with your result.

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What does a COVID-19 test involve?

Testing across the mobile testing units and testing sites involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

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How and when will I get my results?

If you are tested via one of the testing centres, you will receive your test results within three to four days by text message. The text message will also signpost you to Public Health Wales for further support and information. If you are a member of the public, please do not attempt to contact the Health Board for your result as we do not hold this information. You can contact 119 to chase these results.

Critical workers who are tested via our CTUs can contact us if they have not received their result after 72 hours. Please do not call before 72 hours.

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What should I do once I receive my result?

You must self-isolate until you receive your test result.

POSITIVE RESULT. A positive result means that you had Coronavirus when the test was done. You and anyone you live with must keep self-isolating. You should self-isolate for at least 10 days. You may need to self-isolate for more than 10 days if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away. Close contacts will also be asked by a Contact Tracer to take a test as they start their self-isolation period, and to take a second test on Day 8. For additional information, please click here.

NEGATIVE RESULT. A negative result means you did not have Coronavirus when the test was done. You can stop self-isolating if you feel well and as long as everyone you live with who has COVID-19 symptoms also tests negative. You must stay at home if someone else tests positive or has symptoms and is waiting for a test result.

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I have tested positive for COVID-19. Can I have another test before I return to work?

You should not request a second test unless there is an identified and agreed need to do so. A second test before the 10 days of isolation does not reverse the isolation period. You do not need a negative result to enable you to return to work. You should not be retested for Coronavirus for 90 days after your first positive test. However, if you are tested within the 90 days you must abide by the result if it is returned as positive.

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Is there support available for people asked to self-isolate?

People asked to self-isolate may be eligible for financial support. The support scheme is for those on a low income who cannot work from home and will lose money by self-isolating.

For eligibility criteria, more info and details of how to apply, please visit your local authority’s website:

Bridgend: Self-isolation Support Scheme – Bridgend CBC

Merthyr Tydfil: Self Isolation Support Payment | Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Rhondda Cynon Taf: Financial Support for those self-isolating | Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (rctcbc.gov.uk)

What’s the difference between PCR and LFD testing?

PCR testing is used when someone HAS symptoms of COVID-19. It is highly accurate, but results can take 24-48 hours as samples have to be analysed in a laboratory. LFD (lateral flow device) testing is usually used for people WITHOUT symptoms. It is slightly less accurate, but doesn’t require laboratory analysis and gives results in thirty minutes or less. It’s useful for settings where regular testing is required, such as in schools or among NHS staff.

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What should I do if I get a positive LFD test?

If you get a positive result on your LFD test, you should self-isolate even if you don’t have symptoms. You’ll then need to book a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm the result.

If the PCR test comes back negative then you’ll be released from your isolation. If it’s positive, you are required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the PCR test.

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Can I get a test if I don’t have symptoms?

A community testing programme is currently running in Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf for people without symptoms. In areas where the programme is operating, you will be able to get an LFD test for any reason at one of our community testing centres. For more information, please go to your local authority’s website.

You may also be offered regular LFD tests through your workplace, school or educational setting.

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Why should I take a test if I don’t have symptoms?

One in three people with coronavirus don’t show any symptoms. It is possible for these people to spread the virus to people around them without knowing they have it. That’s why it’s important to get tested even if you feel fine.

Getting tested regularly helps stop the spread of the virus and protect the people around you, which helps all of us get back to normal faster.

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Information on Trace, Test, Protect

For information on Test, Trace, Protect, please read our contact tracing FAQs here.

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