What is Coronavirus?

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

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 at least 10 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 symptoms. Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has 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)

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

 

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

The Government is advising that people in England should aim to wear a face covering in some circumstances, and is a legal requirement on public transport.

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

To view the guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, click here.

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus which you can read more about here, and to read about the NHS Test and Trace service click here.

At the moment it can be hard to know what to do if you’re unwell, and it’s obviously still important to get medical help if you need it. To read the NHS guidance, please click here.


Health and care services across the Black Country and West Birmingham have been working hard to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch our video below to find out how health and care services are being delivered in a different way to keep patients and staff safe as well as what to expect if you are asked to visit your GP or local hospital.

For more useful videos like this, head over to our Walsall CCG YouTube channel here.


Your COVID Recovery

Your COVID Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.

If you have had COVID-19, you may still have some physical symptoms, such as, breathlessness, a cough and a lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.

These symptoms, both physical and psychological, are common. Your COVID Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.