The Public Health Agency have produced a leaflet and series of Test Trace Protect posters which outline how testing and contact tracing can help to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus to reduce the risk of a second wave of infection.

Health Minister Robin Swann said:

“I very much welcome the launch of this vital public information campaign. I would encourage everyone to spread the word – to friends and family and on social media. Test, Trace and Protect is an essential part of the battle against COVID-19. It will help keep people safe and protect our health service.

“Everyone has a role to play. That includes getting tested early if you have symptoms, helping contact tracing by providing details of contacts, and self-isolating when required in order to protect others.”

A PHA infographic on how to Test Trace and Protect against Covid-19

Dr Gerry Waldron, Head of Health Protection at the PHA, explained: “Testing and contact tracing will help break the chain of transmission of this virus. By identifying people who have been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive for coronavirus, and asking them to self-isolate, we can limit the onward spread of the virus, allowing  us to continue moving towards more normal family, working, and social lives. It can help in enabling friends and family to see each other, and schools and businesses can continue to reopen. It will also help to protect our health service from being overwhelmed from a surge in cases.

“However, testing and contact tracing will only work if we all play our part, which is the message we are driving home.”

This means:

  • staying at home and getting tested if we have symptoms;
  • helping with contact tracing;
  • self-isolating when we are advised to, including when we are contacts of a confirmed case – even if we feel well.

The posters, ideal for a work environment, have been translated into 11 languages.

The information leaflet is ideal to distribute to staff.

Download the poster

Download the information leaflet

Download in languages

Thanks to the Northern Ireland Safety Group for sharing these.