IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS
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 moderate to high and health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus. If you think you may have the virus, stay at home and call NHS 111 for advice. DO NOT GO TO YOUR LOCAL DOCTOR’S SURGERY.
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
a sore throat – a cough – a high temperature – shortness of breath
but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness, and are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
Advice is as follows: 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; try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell; do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
If you are unsure of your symptoms please go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and enter your details for further guidance.