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Coronavirus: symptoms and testing

Knowing the symptoms of coronavirus, and getting tested quickly, is extremely important to stop coronavirus spreading.

Middlesbrough is classed as a High alert level area under the government's new three-tier system. Find out what this means for you. We've also put together a list of FAQs to answer your questions.

Do you need information in another language?

If reading English is hard for you, call 111. The 111 phone service can get an interpreter to help you.

The charity SignHealth has coronavirus information and advice in British Sign Language (BSL).

Do I have symptoms?

Do I have symptoms?

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of these symptoms:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home, do not leave the house, and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. This is called self-isolation. If you do not self-isolate, you could be fined.

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service. By letting you 'check in' to venues and logging people (who have the app) who you've been near to, it can alert you if you might have been in close contact with someone who's later tested positive for coronavirus. You can also find out about the coronavirus in your area by entering your postcode. If you have symptoms, you can report them and find out if you need a test. Play your part by downloading the NHS COVID-19 app to your smartphone today.

How do I get tested?

How do I get tested?

How do I ask for a test?

You can book a test online or by calling 119.

You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

If you're getting a test because you have coronavirus symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result.

What is the test?

You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can choose to take the test:

  • at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow
  • with a home test kit

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

Where is Middlesbrough's testing site?

Middlesbrough's main testing site has moved. It's now at Cannon Park, in the town centre. The postcode is TS1 1AA, and you'll get the full address when you book your test. The site is open every day of the week, from 8am to 8pm. You must book a test online or by calling 119 before you go to the testing site.

A second testing site is located in the Teesside University Printworks building car park, off Woodlands Road. It's open to both Teesside University students and residents. The site is open every day of the week, from 8am to 8pm. You can walk into this testing site, rather than having to come by car. You must book a test online or by calling 119 before you go to the testing site.

Other testing sites

Wednesday 21 October to Friday 23 October
Thorntree Community Hub.
You must book a test online or by calling 119 before you go to the testing site.

Monday 26 October and Tuesday 27 October
Viewley Centre car park (next to the All Nations Church), Hemlington.
You must book a test online or by calling 119 before you go to the testing site.

Wednesday 28 October to Friday 30 October
Thorntree Community Hub.
You must book a test online or by calling 119 before you go to the testing site.

There is no longer a test site at the disused Sainsbury’s site in Middlehaven near the Riverside Stadium.

When will I get my test results?

You'll get a text or email when your result is ready.

Most people get their test results the day after taking the test. Some results might take longer, but you should get them in 72 hours.

There are 3 types of result you can get:

  • negative
  • positive
  • unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive

It's important that you know what to do, depending on what your result is. Find out more about what your test result means.

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