New variants are increasing risk of spreading Covid-19 in Dudley borough.
Let’s talk about Delta
With Delta now the dominant COVID-19 variant in the UK, it’s more important than ever that people understand the symptoms and get an appropriate test.
Symptoms of the Delta variant are often displaying differently to what’s been seen typically with COVID-19. Look out for mild cold-like symptoms which may include a headache, runny nose or sore throat, this may also feel a bit like hayfever.
These differ to the typical COVID symptoms of a fever, cough and loss or change in sense of taste and smell.
We are encouraging everyone to take a PCR test if they have any symptoms – no matter how mild or even if you’re not feeling quite right. When booking a test online for other symptoms please select - 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
- It’s really important to only take a lateral flow test (LFT) if you are completely symptom-free.
- The Delta variant is more transmissible so it’s vital we remember hands, face, space, fresh air.
- Remember, what may be a mild illness for you can be really serious for someone else.
- Play your part – protect Dudley borough.
Watch the YouTube video below of Director of Public Health, Karen Wright for the latest Covid-19 update 24/6/21
There are things we can all do to reduce the spread of new variants
- Work from home if you can
- Keep your contacts as low as possible
- Do twice weekly symptom-free LFT tests
- If meeting people indoors in people’s houses, open windows and doors and let fresh air in
- Wear a face covering as much as possible
- Wash your hands regularly
- Take a PCR test if you have COVID symptoms
- Isolate with your household if you test positive. Self-isolation support.
- Give names of all contacts and places visited when asked by contact tracing teams
- FINALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY. Get vaccinated as soon as you meet the age, or other criteria.