NHS Test and Trace

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What is Test and Trace?

NHS Test and Trace launched in England and Wales on Thursday 24th September 2020. Test and Trace is designed to trace the spread of COVID-19, so new infections can be isolated. The technology also provides an early warning if cases are increasing again, whether locally or nationally. Test and Trace records the close and recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, and if necessary, informs them that they must self-isolate at home to prevent spreading the virus. The service also ensures quicker testing of those showing symptoms of COVID-19.


What are Test and Trace QR codes and why do I need to download them?

Businesses need to download and display QR codes, as these are vital for contacting people if a COVID-19 outbreak is identified.

QR codes will help businesses in England to meet the new legal requirement to record staff, customer and visitor details. Those with their own QR system are encouraged to move to the NHS Test and Trace system. If you choose not to use the Test and Trace app, a handwritten register or alternative check-in process must be utilised to collect details.

QR posters are unique to each venue and can be downloaded here.


Why is Test and Trace important?

Test and Trace will provide users with local risk information, allow them to book a test, and use the QR scanner to check-in to shops, venues and more. The app will inform people if they are at risk of COVID-19, allowing them to self-isolate to protect others.

For more information on NHS Test and Trace, visit the gov.uk website.


Still confused?

Or do you want a more in-depth understanding of what a QR code is? The video below breaks down QR codes, Test and Trace and everything you need to do in just two minutes.