Public Health Leaders in Warrington are urging residents to get a COVID-19 test if they are at all concerned about possible symptoms – even if they aren’t the main ones

Warrington’s Public Health leaders ask residents to “redouble efforts” to prevent coronavirus transmission

Alongside the three main symptoms (a high temperature, a persistent cough and a loss of smell or taste), some people may experience other symptoms that may turn out to be coronavirus.

The list of other symptoms you could experience include: aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes. Some people also experience very mild, cold-like symptoms, which could also be coronavirus.

If you develop any of the three classic symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a persistent cough and a loss of smell or taste), no matter how mild, you must self-isolate immediately and book an NHS test. You can book a test at NHS test at or by calling 119 if you do not have internet access. You must not turn up to the asymptomatic testing sites at Grappenhall Cricket Club and the Halliwell Jones Stadium, as these are for people who cannot work from home and have no COVID-19 symptoms.

If you don’t have the classic symptoms when you are booking a coronavirus test, click the ‘I don’t have any symptoms’ option. When asked why you are booking the test, click the option ‘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’.

Thara Raj, Warrington’s director of public health, said: “There have been several cases where a person who has tested positive for coronavirus in Warrington has had very mild symptoms, or different symptoms to the three classic ones. These people, who got a test as soon as they started to feel unwell, helped us to stop the spread of the virus around Warrington.

“If you have any doubts about whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, I’d urge you to get a test immediately. The request for people to come forward for testing is for the purposes of elimination, so you will only need to self-isolate if you are displaying the classic symptoms – a high temperature, a persistent cough and a loss of smell or taste.”

Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Mild and cold-like symptoms of coronavirus should not be ignored. Even if you think it might not be coronavirus, you should get a test just to be sure.

“There’s lots of availability at our testing sites dedicated to those with any coronavirus symptoms. Once you’ve taken the test you get your COVID-19 results back within three days. Our increased testing for those with and without symptoms means we can quickly identify these cases to help stop the spread of the virus to those most vulnerable.”

Only one in three people who have coronavirus also have symptoms. Those without any symptoms who cannot work from home can get a test at one of our rapid community testing sites. These sites at Grappenhall Cricket Club and the Halliwell Jones Stadium are available for key workers who are not currently displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

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