If you have any one of the COVID-19 symptoms it's important you get tested straight away to confirm if you do have the virus. You must isolate for 10 full days, starting before you get a test or receive your results, to prevent the spread and protect others. Knowing if you're definitely positive will help you decide what steps you take next to help your body fight the virus and also how you protect your household from catching COVID-19 from you. There are testing sites in Kirklees specifically for people with symptoms available to book now.
Not got symptoms? Get tested.
1 in 3 people have COVID-19 but don't present any symptoms (known as asymptomatic) but will still be infectious and could spread the virus to others without knowing. Some of those people who become infected might be vulnerable and/or elderly, they could become seriously ill or even die - some of these people could be your loved ones. Rapid flow testing aims to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community. No need to book, just turn up.
If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, up to 2 days prior to them having symptoms or testing positive, you too could already be infectious. You may feel fine but this doesn't mean you don't have COVID-19 or won't develop it over the next 10 days. Isolating is an incredibly effective way of slowing the spread and why adhering strictly to timeframes is extremely important, whether you have tested positive or are a contact.
By isolating you are playing your part in helping to break the chain of the virus. As well as protecting your friends and family, you are also shielding the most vulnerable who could suffer the consequences of the disease more than you.
Additionally, it's a legal requirement - you could be fined if you do not self-isolate when required.
Most people will make a full recovery after contracting coronavirus but for some, COVID-19 will have serious long term effects.
Commonly known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome, you could be left with debilitating physical and/or mental ill health issues. You may quickly recover from the initial virus, but your mind and body could take months to fully recover from the lasting impact.