The NHS Scotland Test and Protect service has been introduced to control the spread of coronavirus as lockdown measures are eased.
As the nation moves into the first phase of easing restrictions and people start to go out more, everyone is being asked to play their part in stopping the spread of the virus.
Alongside the advice that people aged five or over with symptoms and their household need to stay at home, they now need to also book a test at NHS Inform (this link will take you away from our website) or call 0800 028 2816 if they can’t get online.
Symptoms include a new, persistent cough, high temperature or loss or change in taste or smell. If the test result is positive, they will be asked to provide details of all recent close contacts to NHS Scotland contact tracers. This will be done confidentially and is vital step in slowing the spread of the virus.
Those who are contacted will then be asked to isolate for 14 days to keep their community and loved ones safe, and they will be offered a test if appropriate. The 14 day period is needed because if they have the virus, it may take that length of time for it to develop into an illness.
Alongside Test and Protect, continuing to keep two metres apart from others when outside as well as regular handwashing and good cough hygiene remains vital in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.
For further information about the Test and Protect service, visit NHS Inform (this link will take you away from our website). Information about how to get additional support if you need to isolate can be found at Ready Scotland (this link will take you away from our website).
Those who cannot leave their home or get the help they need from family, friends or online can call the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.
Employers and employees can visit the Scottish Government website to view ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 1: returning to work safely’ (this link will take you away from our website) for the latest guidance on returning to work during COVID-19.