The Betsi Cadwaladr Test, Trace, Protect Service asks people to consider taking a test if they have any of a wider list of symptoms, and these are new, persistent and/or unusual for them.
The symptoms are:
Flu-like symptoms, which are not caused by a known condition such as hay fever, including any or all of:
These are in addition to the three most common symptoms of Covid-19:
Contact tracing teams in Wales have identified that a significant number of people who test positive for Covid-19 do not have any of the three main symptoms during the early stages of infection, or may never develop these symptoms.
All of the symptoms on the wider list are known symptoms for coronavirus. However, just because someone has one of the wider symptoms does not mean that they have Covid-19, but as overall case numbers drop, we are being extra cautious.
Yes, the new list of symptoms applies to children and adults and the same steps should be followed whatever your age.
Testing is your choice but if your child is unwell and Covid-19 is the cause then recognising this quickly helps you take steps to prevent other members of your household catching the virus, and reduces the risk that your child unknowingly exposes others such as grandparents, carers, teachers and friends, to Covid-19.
No, individuals who take a test because of these other wider symptoms are not required to isolate while they await their test result. This includes school pupils or children in childcare settings who can continue to attend schools and childcare settings while they await a test result. However, children and adults with diarrhoea and or vomiting should remain off work or school or childcare settings until they are symptom free for 48 hours, even if their Covid-19 test is negative.
People with one or more of the three main COVID-19 symptoms (new persistent cough, fever and / or loss of taste or smell) must continue to follow Welsh Government guidance on testing and isolation and must self-isolate with their household while they wait for their test result.
The self-isolation support scheme is in place in Wales for people who must self-isolate and who can’t work from home. The scheme is also for parents and carers on low incomes, whose children are self-isolating.
If you have tested positive for Covid-19 you can apply for this support via your local council or through the NHS Covid-19 app.
If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, either one or more of the wider list of symptoms or one of more of the three main symptoms, you should book a test via the NHS. You can do this by online using the link on this page, or by calling 119. When booking online due to the wider list of symptoms, North Wales residents should select the option “you have been asked to take a test by your local council.”
If your child has any of the three main symptoms of Covid-19 - a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss / change of taste and smell – then they must get a test and the whole household must self-isolate until you receive the result.
If your child has any of the new list of symptoms:
They are encouraged to get a test. You don’t need to keep them at home while you wait for the test result. However it’s generally a good idea to stay away from work, college, nursery or school if you think you might be infectious with any germ or bug. However, siblings (brothers and sisters) can attend school or other childcare settings, such as nurseries, as usual.
If your child receives a positive test result, whatever their symptoms, the whole household must self-isolate. The Test, Trace, Protect team will contact you to advise what to do next.