The Novel Coronavirus SARS CoV2 causes the coronavirus disease COVID-19. It was first reported in Wuhan, China on 31st December 2019. It’s a new respiratory illness which can affect your lungs and airways.
The main symptoms of Coronavirus are a continuous cough, a high temperature, loss of taste and smell and shortness of breath. These are symptoms similar to other illnesses which are much more common like the common cold and seasonal flu however, many people show no symptoms whatsoever and are still infectious which is what makes the virus so deadly.
WHO CAN CATCH CORONAVIRUS?
People of all ages can catch Coronavirus. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes are more likely to become severely ill with the disease.
HOW IT’S CAUGHT AND SPREAD
The Coronavirus is thought to be spread by coming into contact with bodily fluids from those who are infected with the virus, for example via cough droplets.
There is no proof you can catch the virus from parcels, letters, food or takeaways. However, you should still practice good hand hygiene before preparing or eating food.
Do not socialise in groups of more than 6 people outside of your household or bubble. (gatherings for work or education are exempt)
Do not ignore symptoms such as high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste and smell
Do not put others at risk, follow the rules and advice of leading authorities at all times
Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes if your hands are not clean
Do not become complacent, the virus is lethal to vulnerable people
Wear a face covering when you are around other people.
(Children under 3 years and people with breathing difficulties are exempt)
Use sanitiser gel when and where possible. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds when you get home
Cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve if you cough or sneeze
Stay 2 meters away from anyone that you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards