People urged to do the right thing and get tested for Coronavirus in Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

People urged to do the right thing and get tested for Coronavirus in Warwickshire

Leamington Editorial 20th Aug, 2020   0

CORONAVIRUS testing has increased over recent weeks in Warwickshire.

The county council is urging residents to still continue to do the right thing by getting tested when they show symptoms.

These include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. People are also advised to get tested if they believe they may have been at risk of exposure to the virus.

Tests are available at mobile testing units or delivered to your door.

County council assistant director of public health Emily van de Venter said: “It is great news more residents are getting tested when they show symptoms.

“However, we cannot be complacent, and we need to encourage people to continue getting tested. Most people display at least one of the 3 key symptoms, but symptoms can also include shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, fatigue and sickness.

“These are lesser known symptoms, but have been identified as being related to coronavirus.

“It’s remains important that people continue to socially distance, wash their hands regularly and wear a face covering where they are able to when on public transport or at the shops.

“Locally, we are increasing our capacity to strengthen our response to complex cases and outbreaks with the recruitment of local test and trace officers. We are hopeful that this will also help to quickly identify and contact those who may be at risk following a local outbreak.”

And health spokesman Les Caborn says the tests could help save the lives of loved ones.

He said: “We are working very closely with our community leads, district and borough councils, health and localities teams to manage any local outbreaks, but we can’t control the virus unless people play their part by getting tested.

“What may be mild symptoms for one person, could prove fatal for another, so by detecting the virus, self-isolating and stopping the spread, you are potentially saving the lives of the ones you love and those in your community.

“So, let’s do the right thing for Warwickshire and get tested.”

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