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Screening is not another word for testing.
Screening is what we’ve all been asked to help with, so that we can identify possible infections as early as possible. Monitor your health. If you develop any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately: a temperature above 38°C; a cough; a sore throat; or you’re finding it difficult to breathe. Don't go to the doctor or hospital and take a chance of infecting others - phone first. If you go out, wear a mask and try to stay at least two metres away from other people. Greet people without touching them.
The NICD provides several reasons for not recommending that people with no symptoms should be tested for COVID-19:
According to the NICD, you will only be tested if you meet the criteria to be a person under investigation. The NICD updates these criteria regularly. At the moment, they include acute respiratory illness, with sudden onset of at least one of the following a cough; a sore throat; shortness of breath; or a fever above 38°C (measured) or a history of fever (subjective).
For more information about COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.nicd.ac.za/what-to-do-if-i-think-i-have-covid-19/.
Remember to continue wash your hands reguarly; don't touch your face; wear a face mask if you go grocery shopping and wipe your groceries down when you get ho
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