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If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, CLICK HERE to book a test. You have the option of ordering a home testing kit, going to a walk in test centre or completing your test at a drive-thru test centre.
Taking the test? watch this video on how to take the COVID-19 test.
Know about COVID-19
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person.
- The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.
- COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- 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)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Know how COVID-19 is spread
- You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.
- You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
- There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol- based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Practice social distancing
- Buy groceries and medicine, go to the doctor, and complete banking activities online when possible.
- If you must go in person, stay at least 6 feet away from others and disinfect items you must touch.
- Get deliveries and takeout, and limit in-person contact as much as possible.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from other people and pets in your home.
- There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, but you can seek medical care to help relieve your symptoms.
- If you need medical attention, call ahead.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 10 days.
- If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, you must also self isolate for 14 days regardless if you are experiencing symptom’s.
Know your risk for severe illness
- Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19.
- Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.
Using Drugs/Alcohol during COVID-19
Now is an extra risky time – it is safer not to use.
A weak immune system and drug use can make you more at risk of serious illness.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – before and after you handle, prepare or take drugs
- Use alcohol wipes on surfaces where you prepare drug (you can get these from needle exchanges and / or pharmacies)
- Get extra needles and drug paraphernalia to reduce your social contact
- Carry naloxone in case of overdose, emergency services will be busy and may be slower responding to 999 calls
- If you are snorting drugs, crush as finely as possible before use, to reduce the risk of nasal damage/bleeding
- Use an unused straw, rolled up post-it or clean piece of paper
- Look after yourself and look out for others
- Drug supply may be disrupted please seek help from CGL Birmingham
What NOT to do
- Do not share drug paraphernalia like needles, syringes, spoons, tooters, crack pipes
- Do not use notes or keys if snorting drugs as they harbour infection
- Do not pass around or share cigarettes or joints
- Avoid physical contact with others if preparing or using drugs
Our drop-in centre, at the heart of the community in Sparkbrook, is the focal point for all our activity. Staffed by volunteers and health care professionals, we offer a warm welcome to anyone who is looking for help, advice or support. Just call between 9am and 5pm weekdays. No appointment is necessary.