Adults and children over five with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus test

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Friday, 22 May, 2020

Starting this week, the Government has opened up coronavirus testing to all adults and children over five in the UK, who have experienced any of the following coronavirus symptoms:

• A new continuous cough
• A high temperature
• A loss of or change in normal sense of smell or taste

The free test can be done within a matter of minutes and involves a swab sample being collected from the back of the throat and the nose, which is then sent to a lab for analysis.

It will enable those with symptoms to find out whether they have the virus.

The test can be completed independently at home, at a regional drive through centre, or at a temporary mobile testing facility, with results usually received within 48 or 72 hours, depending on where the test was taken.

For it to be effective the test must be taken within five days of displaying symptoms.

To find out how to book a test, and for more information visit:



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