The government has announced the three steps you must take if you get coronavirus symptoms.
Speaking at Wednesday’s Downing Street briefing, health secretary Matt Hancock spoke about the introuduction of the test and trace scheme, which is the start of replacing the national lockdown.
It means that anyone who experiences at least one coronavirus symptom must now follow three steps.
Firstly, you must immediately self isolate.
You must then book a test, and if you do test positive, you must share your contacts with the NHS Test and Trace service.
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The executive chairwoman of NHS Test and Trace Baroness Dido Harding outlined how the new system would work.
Baroness Harding said: “I want you to feel safe and confident to play an active part in NHS Test and Trace, for you, your loved ones and our country.
“We do need you to follow the following three steps:
“Step one – if you have one or more of the symptoms of coronavirus, a fever, a new, continuous cough or loss of your sense of taste or smell, you must immediately self-isolate.
“Step two – you should then book a test on the NHS.uk/coronavirus site, or if you don’t have internet access, by dialling 119. Do not leave home for any other reason.
“If you test positive, you will then be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service within 24 hours. All contact tracers have been undergoing training and induction before the beginning of this week and before they start work.”
Mr Hancock said the public had a ‘civic duty’ to follow the steps.
He said it would be voluntary to start with, but that the government could ‘quickly make it mandatory if that is what it takes’.
He said: “It is your civic duty, so you avoid unknowingly spreading the virus and you help to break the chain of transmission.”
Mr Hancock said it would enable them to “hunt down the virus” to find out who has been infected, telling the Downing Street briefing: “We all have our part to play.
“This is a national effort and we all have a role.
“If you have symptoms, you must isolate immediately and get yourself a test.”