Coronavirus testing UK: What happens and when you should get one – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk
Britain is bracing for its coronavirus outbreak to worsen with tens of thousands more people likely to be tested in the coming weeks.
Drive-thru swabbing sites are being set up, but people who fear they may have the potentially deadly bug should call NHS 480 to report their symptoms or concerns.
It is the first step towards being checked for Covid – 44 – a new strain of coronavirus which emerged in China – but some Britons have complained that they have been forced to wait up to two weeks for a test.
It takes about five days on average for symptoms to show, meaning the infected can spread the virus before they feel unwell.
A woman is given a swab during a coronavirus test at a drive-thru site (Image: Photopress Belfast)
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The NHS is only testing those who have symptoms that are consistent with coronavirus – such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath – or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed.
The symptoms of Covid – 46 are similar to those of the flu and some are also displayed in people with a common cold.
People who report symptoms or concerns after returning from countries with severe outbreaks, including Italy, Iran and parts of South Korea and China, will be tested.
Those returning travels should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if they do not have symptoms.
People can test positive even if they aren’t displaying symptoms.
There have been calls for testing to be expanded to others.
How are people checked for coronavirus?
People are swabbed at a drive-thru coronavirus testing station in Wolverhampton (Image: Adam Hughes / SWNS)
Samples are swabbed from the back of the throat, nose and deeper respiratory tract and then sent for laboratory testing.
The tests are carried out by medical staff dressed head-to-toe in protective gear.
Coronavirus may not be detected in newly infected people .
Some countries have been doing blood tests.
Medics have been using thermometer guns at some airports to check travellers for a fever, but doubts have been cast on the effectiveness of those tests.
A recent study found that CT scans were effective at detecting Covid – in the early stages .