Whilst COVID-19 rates in Knowsley remain high, residents displaying additional symptoms of coronavirus are being asked to get a COVID-19 test until further notice.
The three main COVID-19 symptoms are a high temperature, new or persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell.
But health officials have identified a wider set of symptoms experienced by some people testing positive for the virus. They include:-
- A persistent headache
- Fever and chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This new advice follows confirmation of a new mutation of COVID-19 – E484K – in the Liverpool City Region and other areas of the north west.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said
“We know that virus’ mutate and change over time. We also know that having high levels of the virus in the community makes this even more likely, which is why we are working so hard to bring our rates down.
Many people with COVID don’t have any symptoms at all and some display different symptoms than those classically present. It is these people that we want to identify and in turn get them to self-isolate and prevent them from passing on the virus any further.
Our residents have engaged so well in testing throughout this pandemic and we know they understand how important it is in our ongoing efforts to disrupt this virus.”
If you display any of the symptoms, including the additional symptoms, book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. Please do not attend the borough’s SMART testing sites as these should only be used for people who have no symptoms at all.
Remember if you receive a positive test result, then you, people in your household, support bubble and close contacts need to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of your symptoms. It is vital that you self-isolate for the full 10 days to help stop the further transmission of the virus.
When booking online, click the option to say you don’t have the classic symptoms but were asked to get a test by their council or health protection team.