COVID-19 Advice

About Coronavirus Disease

In 2019, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started monitoring the outbreak of a new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes respiratory illness now known as COVID-19. Authorities first identified the virus in Wuhan, China.

The World Health Organization (WHO) have declared a public health emergency relating to COVID-19.

If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature/loss of taste/smell in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy, or hospital. Read the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on the NHS website.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The following symptoms are associated with having contracted Coronavirus, and more research suggests that a loss or change in taste and smell are symptoms identified with COVID-19.

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Breath Shortness
  • Muscle Pain
  • Loss of Taste/Smell
COVID-19 Symptoms

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How to Protect Yourself

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser before eating and drinking, and after coughing, sneezing and going to the toilet.

 

Avoid Close Contact

Avoiding direct contact with people who have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone.

 

Stay at Home

Follow the stay at home advice, make sure everyone in your household follows the social distancing advice, especially anyone in a vulnerable group.

 

Don’t Touch Your Face

Avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth, maintain good hand hygiene and remember to wash your hands regularly.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Read the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on the NHS website.

  • Your symptoms worsen during home isolation, especially if you’re in a high or extremely high risk group
  • Breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you’re in a high or extremely high risk group
  • Your symptoms haven’t improved in 7 days

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.