By Charlotte Webster
The NHS Test and Trace is the Uk’s best chance of beating the pandemic, the Nhs has said.
It brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to help prevent the spread of the virus, protect local communities and save lives.
Individuals with symptoms of coronavirus, are now able to get a free test and help continue the efforts to beat the pandemic and get our lives back to normal. The tests are quick, easy, generally pain free and will play a key role in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
The basic symptoms include a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.
Individuals can book a test as soon as possible,by using one of the drive-through or walk-in testing sites, with the majority of in-person test results received the next day after the test.
Data on positive laboratory tests is fed into the contact tracing system, which automatically contacts people with COVID-19 by text or email and invites them to log into the system and provide a range of information about where they have been and who they have met.
People with confirmed COVID-19 are given a phone call from a health professional if, for instance, they are unable to use the web-based system, they only have a landline, are under 18 years old or have not responded to emails and texts.
If a person with COVID-19 works in or has visited a venue like a care home, school, hospital or prison this can be considered for escalation to a Public Health England health protection expert. Those requiring a test are expected to identify others with whom they have had close contacts, in order to assist the efficiency of the tracing system to beat the spread of the virus.
Once the person with COVID-19 has registered the details of any close recent contacts, or a health professional entering details on their behalf, these contacts would themselves receive a text or email notification, explaining the need to self-isolate and inviting them to use the web-based system to receive further information.
Once contacts log-in, they are provided with appropriate health advice, including what to do if they experience symptoms. Call handlers follow up any contacts who can’t be reached by text or email.
Beating the coronavirus is the most important challenge of our generation, and detailed compliance with recommended guidance achieves that well.
More people are using the system now, but there are still many more who are yet to respond to the provisions.