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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new type of infection that affects the lungs and airways. Your risk of getting it in the UK is low.

Symptoms of coronavirus include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath.

If you could have coronavirus, you may be advised to isolate yourself from other people. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover.

It's not known exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of coronavirus include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

Call 111 now if you've been:

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.

If you're in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

Read more on the NHS website.

If you could have coronavirus, you may be advised to isolate yourself from other people. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover.

Self-care

If there's a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to isolate yourself.

This means that for up to 14 days, you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public areas
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

While the risk to people in the UK is low, these steps can help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Medical treatments

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection.

Read more on the NHS website.

Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.

Read more on the NHS website.

It's not known exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

Read more on the NHS website.