Everyone over five years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing. You can organise the test yourself online at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
You should get tested in the first 3 days of coronavirus symptoms appearing, although testing is considered effective up until day 5.
The symptoms of 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); OR
- 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); OR
- a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.