The criteria for testing for Covid-19 changed yesterday evening. A person now needs to have two symptoms to qualify for the test, before contacting his/her GP to secure a test appointment.
If you have a fever or a chill with one the following symptoms- a cough of any kind or a breathing difficulty - you are advised to immediately self isolate and call your GP, according to Dr Ciara Kelly, Public Health Doctor with the HSE West.
She told Midwest News today that the reason for the change in criteria, is to establish more quickly the number of people in the country with the Covid 19 virus.
Testing to date, she explained, was proving positive in just 6 percent of people tested and public health want to identify the higher incident of the virus they know is out there, and then prioritise testing around those with it and their immediate contacts, in an effort to control its spread more effectively.