The symptoms of coronavirus are: a cough a high temperature shortness of breath But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
Useful ways to protect yourself and others
As the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has developed since our last update, we’ve pulled together some information for you.
Top tips for avoiding infection?
As this is a new virus strain, it’s not yet exactly clear how it’s spread from person to person. However, you can decrease the risk of infection by following simple hygiene advice.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water.
- When washing your hands, do it for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Wash your hands whenever you get home or arrive at work.
- If soap and water isn’t available, use sanitiser gel.
- When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands).
- Put any used tissues straight in the bin after use and immediately wash your hands.
- Avoid contact with people who you know to be unwell.
- Don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose if your hands haven’t been cleaned.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
*Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
*How coronavirus is spread?
Because it’s a new illness, it is not known exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.