At the end of March 2021, NHS Test and Trace reintroduced confirmatory PCR testing for positive lateral flow device (LFD) tests conducted at all assisted testing sites, including schools or colleges. This means that all staff, pupils and students who get a positive LFD test, whether at home or supervised at their school or college, should get a confirmatory PCR. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days of the positive LFD result.
Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can also end their self-isolation.
3rd February 2021
A NEW warning about the need for a coronavirus test even if you don’t have the three classic symptoms of the disease has been issued.
Blackburn with Darwen’s director of public health Professor Dominic Harrison had said there are 11 other milder signs of Covid-19 infection.
They include a runny nose, a persistent headache, shortness of breath and vomiting.
The classic three symptoms which the NHS advises people to look out for are a high temperature, a new persistent cough and a loss of smell or taste.
Prof Harrison issued his alert following new guidance from the World Health Organisation.
He is advising people who display any of the raft of milder symptoms to get a coronavirus test as soon as possible.
Prof Harrison said: “At the moment, national instruction is for people to get tested if they are showing the three main symptoms: a high temperature, a persistent cough or a loss of smell or taste.
“However, many other countries advise residents to seek a test if they have any one of 11 known principal symptoms.
“They include: diarrhoea, a persistent headache, fever and chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea or vomiting. Across Lancashire we’ve seen reports of residents who have only experienced, for example, diarrhoea or a persistent and unusual headache lasting more than 24 hours who later turn out to have a confirmed Covid-19 case.
“With that in mind I am now advising anyone in Blackburn with Darwen who is worried or has any doubts about their possible Covid symptoms to get tested as soon as possible.
“When you are booking a test, if you don’t have the classic symptoms, simply say you don’t.
“A few clicks later on the website, you can then choose the option which says: ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’. Alongside the vaccination programme, testing continues to be one of the most vital tools to help us reduce the spread of infection.”
Professor Harrison advises our community to follow self isolation national guidance until the PCR test is confirmed.
We ask all parents to follow the above advice regarding taking your child for a PCR test if they suffer any of the above symptoms – your child must follow national guidance regarding isolation until the result of the PCR test is known.
GUIDANCE FOR IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS FROM THE NHS
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result
Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child under 5.
If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Get more advice about coronavirus in children.