Cases of Covid-19 are increasing among 18-29 years olds in Cardiff and the Vale

Cardiff & Vale Test, Trace & Protect service are encouraging people aged between 18 and 29 to be alert to the wider symptoms of Covid-19 and get tested if they have any of these. 

Cases of Covid-19 have been increasing steadily in the region with the majority affecting younger people, including the student population and those living in shared accommodation. 

As this age group are less likely to have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine it is especially important they stay alert and get tested if they show any symptoms.

The three cardinal symptoms of Covid-19 are a new persistent cough, fever, and/or a loss of taste or smell. If you have any of these symptoms you must get a test and self-isolate along with your wider household. This is in line with Welsh Government guidance.

Covid-19 can be milder in younger people. The Delta variant in particular can also cause a wider range of symptoms in its early stages. The Test, Trace, Protect service is encouraging people to also get tested if they have a wider range of symptoms that are new our unusual. These are fatigue, myalgia (muscle ache or pain), a sore throat, a headache, a runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea.

There are a few simple steps you can take to help keep yourself, friends and family safe.

  • If you haven’t already - get your first dose of vaccine and make a plan for when and where you will get your second dose. Two doses of the vaccine are key to protecting against the more transmissible Delta variant that is now dominant in Cardiff and the Vale
  • If you have symptoms of Covid-19, even if they are mild, get a test
  • If you test positive for Covid-19 our Test, Trace and Protect team will get in touch with you to identify your close contacts, the more information you can give them the better able we are to control spread of Covid-19.
  • If you are moving out of Cardiff and the Vale over the summer months consider getting a test before mixing with a new group of friends or family.

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