What is the Coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. This strain, covid-19, is a new strain of coronavirus fist identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
What are the symptoms?
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has covid-19 infection:
- A cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath
If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111 or go to the NHS 111 coronavirus advice website. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
The latest advice and developments on the covid-19 situation can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Lastest Government Guidance
It is important to remember that at the time of writing 2nd March, the Gorvernment has described Coronavirus as a moderate risk.
Current advise is for most people to continue to go to work, school and other public places. You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.
What's the best way to prevent the spread of covid-19?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. This is particularly important when taking public transport.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% of alcohol if soap and water are not available.