Mum woke up with a cough and a stuffy nose this morning, which she is sure is just a head cold. She rang in sick and then rung our healthline 0800 number to book a free covid test. Mask on and a 25 minute walk to the testing station. This is mums 3rd covid swab test since March and was the easiest, with no waiting. Just one quick swivel up the top of the left nostril then a thank you for coming by the ppe nurse. Instructions to isolate until results come in, to put your mask on and go straight home. Mum was all home in an hour. Time for soup for lunch, a lemon drink and then an afternoon nap.
Results will then be texted to your phone in the next 48 hours. New instructions on drinking lots of fluid, some vitamin c and to take a walk with your mask on round your backyard to clear your airways.
It is very easy here and the health departments are happy to test as many people as possible to make sure there is no Covid in the community.
Luckily mum has a big pile of good books to read and a little grey friend to keep her company.