Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways.
- Check if you have coronavirus symptoms
- What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
- Testing and tracing for coronavirus
- People at higher risk from coronavirus
- Coronavirus in children
- Social distancing advice and changes to everyday life because of coronavirus
- Links to more information about coronavirus
Further information can also be found on the Government UK website www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Getting a COVID-19 test
The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get a test. It's really important that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can get a test. This will help us stop the spread of the virus.
If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and you are trying to book a test, do not come forward for a test – you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it. This is increasingly important as we head into autumn and winter and more people will get colds and the flu. Only if you have one of the 3 symptoms should you book a test.
Do not stockpile tests – this is plenty of stock and if you develop symptoms in future you will be able to book a test. There is no need to order a test in case of future use.
If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. The vast majority of people who are tested in person get their results the very next day. Full guidance on self-isolation is available on gov.uk.
If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people.
If you have symptoms and need to book a test, you can do this online or by ringing 119. We need to make sure that NHS111 is protected for people who are ringing about other medical and health issues.
Wakefield has a local testing service. The local testing service is available from Monday to Friday and bookings for appointments can be made at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 01924 224497. Or email the person's name and contact details to wakefield.covidtestingnhsnet and the booking team will get in touch.
People unable to wear face coverings
In settings where face coverings are required, there are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people are not expected to wear face coverings. Further details and proof of exemption resources can be found on this page.
Pregnancy and coronavirus
There is a dedicated page on the NHS website (www.nhs.uk/pregnancy-and-coronavirus) which is regularly updated and has all the latest information about being pregnant during this coronavirus period. It also has links to helpful resources including a range of topical videos and leaflets (in a range of languages) and an animation.
A series of videos have also been produced videos with Baby Buddy and Best Beginnings to help remind pregnant women about some of the issues that they need to look out for when pregnant.
Support in Wakefield
The Wakefield Council website www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information contains a range of useful information and resources in their dedicated coronavirus area.
Working carers and coronavirus
This area of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership website has been developed to help unpaid carers who work look after the person they care for, and themselves, during these unprecedented times www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/our-priorities/unpaid-carers/working-carers-and-covid-19