We all need to play our part in protecting each other and keeping Surrey safe. By continuing to follow the simple guidelines for controlling the virus, we can ensure that normal life in Surrey will resume as quickly as possible.
One major development has been the introduction of Test and Trace. The system that enables the NHS to alert those who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus. Not only does this help stop the spread of the virus, it also provides information that will help an outbreak to be spotted as soon as it happens, so that we can all work together to start to get it under control.
Got symptoms? Get a test
Now anyone who has the symptoms of Coronavirus can get tested. Don't wait to get a test. Simply visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. There are testing sites locally in Surrey so it's easy to pop along and get tested.
If you have symptoms - self isolate for seven days - get tested.
The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
Tested positive? Share your contacts
If you test positive for Coronavirus you can play your part to help stop the spread of the virus by sharing the contact details of those you've been in contact with. These people will then be alerted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to self isolate.
Play your part – self isolation
By playing your part, sharing contacts and everyone affected self isolating when asked to do so we can:
- #KeepSurreySafe and #ProtectOthers
- Return to normal life as quickly as possible
The following flow diagram explains who should self isolate and for how long (PDF). We all need to be prepared to self isolate if asked to do so and to help friends and family if they've been asked to self isolate.
Avoiding local lockdowns
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock introduced the concept of local lockdowns "Taking local action to respond to a local flare-up". But what does a local lockdown look like?
Ruth Hutchinson interim Public Health lead at Surrey County Council emphasised that it is more likely for a local lockdown to happen in a specific setting rather than a whole area or town. Here is a copy of the Surrey Local Outbreak Action Plan (PDF).
Keep staying safe
In order to control the virus and protect each other we need to:
- Self isolate if you have symptoms and get tested
- Share your contacts if you test positive
- Self isolate when alerted by Test and Trace
- Keep your distance if you go out
- Work from home if you can
- Wear face coverings where appropriate
Wash your hands regularly
More information on testing can be found on Surrey County Council's Coronavirus testing pages.