Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.  It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.  Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.  Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.  Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms.
Stay at home if you have either:
• a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, and you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.  Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
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How long to stay at home
• if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
• if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Urgent advice:
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• your condition gets worse
• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
It is particularly important for people who:
• are 70 or over
• have a long-term condition
• are pregnant
• have a weakened immune system
  • Do
    · 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
    · avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
    · only travel on public transport if you need to
    · work from home, if you can
    · avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
    · avoid events with large groups of people
    · use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
  • Don’t
    · do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
    · do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family