Coronavirus – Public Health Dorset
COVID19… We have been asked by Lucy Mears, Communications Officer, Public Health Dorset to share the following communication on NHS Test and Trace for you to share with you. We want to encourage people to use the service, comply with the stay at home guidance if they are identified as a contact, and be aware of potential scams.
What to do if you have symptoms
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus – a new continuous cough OR a high fever OR a loss or change of taste or smell – should self-isolate immediately and not leave home. Other members of your household must also self-isolate. You should ask for a test as soon as you have any of these symptoms. You can ask for a test online or call 119 if you have no internet access.
The NHS test and trace service:
- ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus
- helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus
If you’re identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, NHS Test and Trace will contact you by email, text or phone. Text messages will come from the NHS. Calls will come from 0300 0135000.
Be aware of scams!!
The NHS Test and Trace service will NOT:
- ask for bank details or payments
- ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
- ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
- ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087