THE man behind the mask working at a Covid testing site has spoken to the Adver on what it’s like to swab those who might be infected.

Peter Rosolemos is a Boots optometrist in Newbury but since the country was taken over by the virus he has worked at the Wroughton testing site in Croft Road.

Every day he works at the site he has to put on a facemask, a face shield, gloves and a disposable apron which have to be changed after each patient.

He said: “My job at Boots can be quite invasive in someone’s personal space so I was quite comfortable in how hands on the process is. The idea of the test can be off putting to some people but it’s a very easy process.

“Once someone has it done they always say it’s easier than they anticipated. It’s such a simple thing and it has such a huge impact nationwide.

“I’ve always had a compassionate side but through this I’m seeing people who are facing a potentially life-threatening virus, I think that side of me has had to grow and come out more.”

Those going to get tested have to check in before going down to the testing lane where they are talked through the process.

Without leaving their car their nose and throat is swabbed and is tested in the lab, they are then told to leave and will be contacted with their result within 48 hours.

“I personally don’t have any concerns of having coronavirus when I leave my shift. I can’t speak for everyone but we do everything we can to minimise the risk of catching it,” Peter said.

“This is something I will never forget, I’m proud to be a part of it, I’m proud to work as part of Boots which has given me this opportunity.

“Unfortunately, we can’t sit there and have long conversations with patients, but that little bit of time that we do spend with each and every person you can see it makes a real difference to their day. Once they’ve had the test done, you can almost see the relief.”

Tougher restrictions could be put in place for Swindon as the case rate continues to rise.

The town is currently in the top 15 areas in England that have the highest infection rate.

Peter said: “Everyone who can should get tested, it is the best way to keep us all safe. It’s the best way to stop places going into local lockdown like other places have had to do.”