What is the coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.
What are the symptoms?
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?
- If your symptoms are mild, you are advised to not leave your home for at least 7 days. Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days (this is called self-isolation).
If your symptoms worsen and you feel you can no longer manage these symptoms, call the NHS 111 service if you are unable to get help online.
The UK government and NHS have also issued guidance on coronavirus, to find out more about the virus please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
How do I avoid catching coronavirus?
It is important that we all do what we can to help prevent the spread of the virus. Take the following steps to help stop spread of the virus:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds. If you are not where you can easily wash your hand, use a hand sanitiser.
- Do not use your hands to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue and dispose as soon as possible.
- All used tissues should properly put in the bin promptly.
- Avoid touching your face if your hands are not clean
- Stay at home as much as possible, only go out for essentials such as food and medical items
- Work from home if possible.
How is coronavirus treated?
Currently there are no specific treatments for the virus. Medical professionals treat patients with the virus by managing the symptoms such as a high temperature. A high temperature can be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen