For those of us fortunate enough so far to not have needed contact with the NHS testing and tracing programme, this is what it is, and why it’s important.
The NHS test and trace service:
- provides testing for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 to find out if they have the virus
- gets in touch with anyone who has had a positive test result to find out who they have had close recent contact with
- alerts those people where necessary, and notify them that they need to self-isolate to help stop the virus spreading
By self-isolating, people who have had close recent contact with someone with COVID-19 will help prevent the virus spreading to others.
Employers are being asked to play their part by making their workplaces as safe as possible and encouraging workers to self-isolate if they’ve been notified to do so.
There is guidance for employers and self-employed people on the Government’s website, including what to do if there are multiple outbreaks in the workplace.
The COVID-19 app, which is currently being trialled in the Isle of Wight before a national rollout, will be part of the NHS test and trace service. It should speed up the contact tracing, and reach people who wouldn’t be reached through traditional forms of contact tracing, such as a stranger on the bus.