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How To (Try To) Get A Coronavirus Test Amid Shortages

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16.09.2020

So, you think you’ve got coronavirus. Now what? Getting tested to confirm your suspicions or put your mind at ease would be the obvious first step, but sadly, it’s not that easy.

Supposedly, anyone who has coronavirus symptoms can get a test. The list of test-worthy symptoms now includes: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

However, with Covid-19 cases rising in the UK, there have been widespread reports of people struggling to access tests, including in coronavirus “hotspots” and within the NHS.

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How are you supposed to get a test?

If you believe you have coronavirus symptoms, the government is still advising people to get a test done “as soon as possible”. Tests should be done within the first five days of having symptoms.

There are two ways to get tested: booking a visit to a test site or ordering a home test kit. Both methods require you to self-refer via the government’s website. During this process, you’ll need to fill out an online form with some personal details. You can also book a test in this way for someone you live with who is displaying symptoms.

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