a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
shortness of breath
If you are experiencing these symptoms and are concerned you have been in contact with a person infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19), self-isolate and contact your GP (family doctor) by phone. You can also call HSELive on 1850 24 1850 for further guidance.
Use the phone. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Your GP will assess you and decide if a test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is necessary.
Following the new testing rules the following only will be considered:
A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease, e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
A patient with any acute respiratory illness AND having been in contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days prior to symptom onset;
A patient with severe acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease, e.g., cough, shortness of breath; AND requiring hospitalization) AND in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that fully explains the clinical presentation.
Priority groups for testing include people with specific symptoms of coronavirus who are also:
close contacts of a confirmed case
healthcare workers who are in the frontline and have regular patient contact
those most at risk of severe infection such as people with diabetes, immunosuppressed, chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic renal disease, chronic liver disease and smokers
people who live with those in the above groups
staff and residents of nursing homes and other residential care settings and those in direct provision, homeless, Roma and travelling community settings where symptom management is difficult
pregnant women to ensure they are managed safely in hospital