Council advises residents to book a COVID-19 test for a wider range of symptoms
17 February 2021Residents in Cheshire West and Chester are being advised to consider booking a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms from a broader list than the 'classic' three.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is taking an extended approach to testing following acknowledgement by leading international clinical authorities that many people who have a the infection display symptoms which are different from fever, new continuous cough, and loss or change in sense of taste or smell.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UK SIREN study and the Office of National Statistics (ONS) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey have identified a range of additional symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
These include: shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting. However, it is important to remember that these are very common symptoms, and most people who have these symptoms will not have COVID-19.
Ian Ashworth, Director of Public Health at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "Residents are encouraged to access testing at a Local Testing Site or Mobile Testing Unit if they display any of these additional symptoms.
"This is in line with approaches adopted by other councils in the north west in recent weeks, which are all working to address the rise in new variants of the virus and enhancing efforts to tackle this pandemic. It will maximise the use of symptomatic testing centres to protect the health of the borough's residents."
Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "Getting a test if you have one of the wider range of symptoms is not a cause for alarm - it is simply a precautionary measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
"It's another really important way we can all play our part in the fight against this virus."
The Council's approach is as follows: