COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
The UK chief medical officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. You should use this service if you think you might have coronavirus, you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days or you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
For more information and advice, visit: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/