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The latest guidance for Walsall residents to protect yourself and others is;
- Do not leave your home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
- Stay at home as much as possible and work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people and where possible Keep 2 metres apart from people outside of your household at all times (until 4 July 2020)
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser if washing facilities are not available
- Always wear a face covering when on public transport or in any confined public space, including workplaces
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test.
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell– this means you've noticed you cannot smell anything, or things smell different to normal
- a loss or change to your sense of taste – this means you've noticed you cannot taste anything, or things taste different to normal
Book your test online at nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 119.
There are currently 2 ways to get a coronavirus test: getting a test kit delivered to your home or going to a local test site. When you go for your test, wear a face covering and take photo ID as well as your booking number.
If you test positive for coronavirus, you must stay at home for at least 7 days and until you feel better. People you live with should stay at home for 14 days.
NHS Test and Trace
You will also be contacted by a member of the NHS Test and Trace programme by email, text or phone. Text messages will come from NHStracing, calls will come from 0300 0135000.
The tracers will ask you where you have been recently and also who you have been in close contact with. This will help the NHS contact anyone who may have caught the virus from you.
You might also be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace if you have come in close contact with a person who has coronavirus. They will advise you to stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear
If you are a healthcare professional and would like more information from the Walsall Public Health, Health Protection and Infection Team then please visit the Health protection webpage