New criteria for being sent for a coronavirus Covid-19 test by a GP

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The HSE has narrowed the criteria a GP will send someone for a coronavirus Covid-19 test.

Milder symptoms are no longer sufficient because the HSE now wants to focus on at-risk groups.

The first new criteria is that you must now have a fever and at least one other sign such as a cough or difficulty breathing.

You will also be referred for a test if you have an acute respiratory illness and have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed as having the virus or has probably contracted the disease with in the last 14 days.

The third option is that you have a severe respiratory illness that requires hospitalisation that cannot be explained by another condition.

Health authorities say that people who have not met any of these three criteria should automatically self-isolate for 14 days if they develop a cough and other respiratory illness symptoms. 

They also advise family members to restrict their movements during the self-isolation period.

See below the new guide issued to GPs to use during the telephone consultation you will have with one if you suspect that you may have the virus.