Guide NHS Test and Trace

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2. How test and trace works and how it helps fight the virus

How NHS test and trace service works

This has been broken down into two parts:

Part 1: for someone with symptoms of coronavirus

  • isolate
  • test
  • results
  • share contacts

Part 2: if you are contacted by the NHS test and trace service because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

  • alert
  • isolate
  • test if needed

Full guidance on parts one and two can be found on the GOV.UK website.

How test and trace helps fight the virus

The NHS test and trace service will help to control the rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of the infection and save lives. By playing your part through the actions set out below, you will directly help to contain the virus by reducing its spread. This means that, thanks to your efforts, we will be able to go as far as it is safe to go in easing lockdown measures.

You can help in the following ways:

  • if you develop symptoms, you must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of your household and order a test to find out if you have coronavirus
  • if you test positive for coronavirus, you must share information promptly about your recent contacts through the NHS test and trace service to help us alert other people who may need to self-isolate
  • if you have had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate if the NHS test and trace service advises you to do so

This specific guidance applies in England only. 

Additionally information on this has been provided by the Government.

​Full guidance

Further guidance on the test and trace system can be found on the GOV.UK website