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Coronavirus (COVID-19)



COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. A number of cases have since been confirmed in European countries, including the UK.

Who is the most at risk?

People who are deemed the most at risk of contracting COVID-19 include:

  • The elderly
  • Those with a compromised (weakened) immune system
  • Those who have recently travelled to heavily infected areas, such as China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and France.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to most other strains of Flu, and people who have the infection may experience:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • High temperature
  • Aches and pains

It's important to note that symptoms may appear up to 2 weeks (14 days) AFTER initial infection, by which time the infected may have already spread the virus without realising. 

What can I do to protect myself?

There are a number of things which individuals can do to help prevent themselves from contracting COVID-19, as well as preventing it from spreading. Some things that you can do include:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and antibacterial soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Make sure you catch sneezes and coughs in tissues and bin them immediately. 
  • Clean shared spaces regularly (e.g. work spaces). It is also a good idea to disinfect items which are touched by many people, e.g. light switches and door handles. 
  • Maintain social distancing (1-3 meters) from people who are coughing or sneezing

What should I do if I think I have Coronavirus?

If you think you may have Coronavirus or have recently been in contact with somebody does, the advice given by the NHS is to:

  • DO NOT attend you GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, as this could spread the infection further
  • Stay at home (self-isolate) and avoid close contact with other people
  • Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next (link below)



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