Advice re Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. It can affect your lungs and airways.

The virus causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever and in more severe cases, pneumonia. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face.

Patients who suspect they may have symptoms or may have been in contact with another person who has symptoms of Coronavirus should ring their GP to arrange testing.

COVID-19 is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect you, it has to get from an infected persons nose or mouth into your eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces).

Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It does this by reducing the amount of contact between people who may have it and those who do not. Keep a distance of 2m (6 ft) between you and other people.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to appear. The main symptoms to look for are

  • a cough (any kind of cough, not just dry)
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever (high temperature – 38 degrees celsius or above) – or chills

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