Covid-19 – commonly known simply as ‘coronavirus’ – is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
There is separate advice about:
- staying at home if you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus
- staying at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
Information for people most at risk from Covid-19
NHS England has produced an information sheet and Frequently Asked Questions for people considered to be at highest clinical risk from coronavirus (Covid-19) who have been told to 'sheild' themselves.
Sheilding means staying at home at all times and avoiding all face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks.
Stop the virus from spreading
There are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading. The best way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is by good hand hygiene and regular hand washing. Everyone is advised to wash hands more often, especially:
when you get to work or arrive home
after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
before you eat or handle food
You should wash your hands for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser.
You should also:
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin
avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
try to avoid contact with people who are unwell.
GOV.UK WhatsApp Coronavirus information service
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How is coronavirus being managed?
Different services and government agencies are responsible for leading different parts of our response:
Department for Health & Social Care: the Chief Medical Officer for England confirms each incident
Public Health England co-ordinate the response, information and advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
NHS: local and national NHS services are working on the front line to test individuals, and provide advice through calls to NHS 111