What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, is a new illness, a virus, that can affect your lungs and airways.

Symptoms 

Anyone who has symptoms, however mild, or is in a household where someone has symptoms, should not leave their house to go to work. Those people should self-isolate for seven days, as should those in their households for 14 days.

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, or you feel you are unable to manage your symptoms at home, Use the 111 online coronavirus service. The 111 online coronavirus service will ask about your symptoms and tell you what to do.

Other things you can do to stop the infection spreading:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside

 

The Government is advising that people in England should aim to wear a face covering in some circumstances.

For more information around the face covering aspects of staying safe and alert outside your home, click here.

You can also download the Easy Read guidance explaining what coronavirus is and advice on what you should do.

For more information visit the Coronavirus page on the NHS website here.

To view the latest NHS Guidance update, all in one document, please click here.