Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has subsequently spread around the world, becoming a global pandemic.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
Symptoms of Coronavirus include:
- feeling tired
- difficulty breathing
- high temperature
- a continuous cough
For more information about symptoms please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Current risk to the UK from coronavirus
We are closely following Government advice as to the risk of coronavirus, which has been raised to HIGH in the UK. This allows the Government to plan for all eventualities. The latest guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
The Government has now announced that everyone must stay at home, apart from essential travel, even without any symptoms of Coronavirus.
However, if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, stay at home for 14 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. The latest guidance can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The precautionary measures currently implemented by the Government are as follows:
- Everyone in the UK should remain at home where possible.
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home).
- Once outside, follow social distancing measures by staying 2 metres (6ft) away from others, and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
- Do not meet others, even friends or family - you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Good hygiene and regular handwashing can also help guard against infection.
For more information, please use this link to access the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people