People living in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire are encouraged to have a free COVID-19 test if they have a wider range of symptoms, to help identify hidden COVID-19 cases in our communities and drive down the numbers of onward transmission.
Previously, only those with either a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell, were advised to seek a test. People with any of the following wider symptoms that are persistent and/or unusual for them are also strongly encouraged to get a PCR test:
If you have any of the above symptoms, please stay home and book a PCR test through the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.
When booking your PCR test, you will also be asked about your symptoms: if you have wider summer cold or flu-like symptoms as described above, rather than the classic three symptoms, choose ‘None of these symptoms’ and then choose one of the following options to enable you to complete the booking:
Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies and Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said “Identifying infections, which could otherwise go undetected, is particularly important as new variants of the virus emerge. The more tests carried out, the easier it will be to spot early clusters of cases and possible virus mutations.
“We know the wider group of symptoms do occur in COVID-19 but are not reported as often as the ‘classic three’ symptoms. Our aim is to find as many COVID-19 cases as possible so we can prevent the virus being passed on to others. We want to do everything we can to help bring the pandemic to a close as fast as possible and help restrictions to be lifted.”