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Statement from Dr Muscat urging symptomatic testing and use of LFTs

29 October 2021

Currently over a third of active COVID-19 cases are among Islanders aged 19 years and younger, with most experiencing symptoms.

It is crucial that if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should immediately isolate from others and book a PCR test online or by calling the Coronavirus helpline: 

  • High temperature or fever
  • New continuous cough
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose

As flu and COVID-19 are in co-circulation this year, it is easy to confuse the two viruses, so it is best to check and book a PCR test and isolate if you are experiencing any symptom until you receive a negative PCR result. If symptoms continue to persist after receiving a negative result you are recommended to book a second PCR test.

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID do not experience any symptoms so Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) are an important way to detect asymptomatic cases.

Students and school staff are encouraged to take an LFT and submit their results online before returning to school on Monday 1 November.

Those who are signed up to an LFT programme should continue to test themselves twice a week, especially before going to parties or social activities, and before mixing with friends and family.

The LFT home testing programme launched this week meaning that all Islanders aged 12 and over are eligible to register to receive free kits at home. 

If you are not yet signed up to a free Lateral Flow Test programme, you can register on

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