Make Covid19 tests available to care staff working with vulnerable elderly people in care

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I am a Care Provider. 
Some of my staff members have minor flu like symptoms, some have a cough, it is quite common to get a cough or these symptoms at this time of the year. But how do we know it’s not COVID-19?

They all have the same question: do I stay off work for 7-14 days, leaving a shortfall of staff and putting a further strain on care staff as this sector is already struggling with shortage of care workers?

OR, do they go to work with minor cold/ flu symptoms with a cough  (as they would normally) and risk potentially spreading COVID-19 to all of the vulnerable elderly residents, most of them with underlying health conditions? 

This same dilemma is being faced by ALL CARE WORKERS in the CARE SECTOR. Currently, tests are only being carried out on patients who require hospital admission. This virus will cause minor symptoms for most people, and relatively young and healthy staff are most likely to fall into that category. The issue is, most residents in care homes are over 80 with underlying health conditions, they are frail and vulnerable. Ask yourself this- Would you want your loved one to receive personal cares from somebody infected with Covid-19? And potentially put their life in danger? If not, please help us out here. 

Our CARE workers WANT to stay in work. We need to provide CARE to our most vulnerable elderly. We are proud to serve but we need some common sense here...

I am petitioning for the prioritisation of testing for Care staff... so that those who need to stay away do so, with a clear conscience, and those who can work can do so, with a clear conscience.