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I have other symptoms

Everyone in Powys can have a free coronavirus test if you have one of the three classic signs: fever, a new continuous cough or a loss/change of taste and smell. More information is available from our COVID symptoms page.

But you can now also go for a free Coronavirus test if you have a wider range of symptoms. These are:

  • Flu-like symptoms including any or all of: aches or pains; tiredness; headache; runny nose or blocked nose; sneezing; sore throat; shortness of breath; nausea; loss of appetite; diarrhoea or vomiting.
  • Generally feeling unwell or have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case.
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test.

The widening of symptoms is to help find hidden COVID-19 cases in our communities, and drive down the numbers of onward transmissions. Ensuring effective and accessible testing for a wider range of signs and symptoms will help control and stop the virus from spreading further in our Powys communities.

Residents are therefore encouraged to get a test if they are experiencing any symptoms such as the above that are new, persistent and/or unusual for them. The more tests are carried out, the easier it will be to spot early clusters of cases and possible virus mutations.

People who are experiencing one or more of the three classic symptoms of a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss/change of taste and smell must continue to follow Welsh Government guidance by going for a test and self-isolating with their household whilst they await a test result.

People who take a test because of the new wider symptoms listed above, they are not required to isolate while they await their test result. This includes school pupils who can continue to attend school while they await their test result.

People who have had any of the classic signs or any of the new wider symptoms and would like to book a test can do so online at www.gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19 or by calling 119, or 18001 119 for people with hearing or speech difficulties. This is also the way to request a home testing kit.

As these are national testing centres, you may automatically be asked about the classic three signs. However, simply choose either option: “you have been asked to take a test by your local council” or “you are part of a government pilot project” to book your test.

If you have any queries about testing for other symptoms you can contact the Powys Testing hub via email at Powys.testing@wales.nhs.uk or by calling 01874 612228.

However, if you are chasing your COVID-19 result, you will need to call 119. Results can take up to 72 hours for processing.

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