Coronavirus COVID-19 update and FAQ’s

You could be at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) if you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, have spent time in an area affected by coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.

Outside the UK, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends you follow the advice of your national or local health authority.

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either of the following coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help only

Typical symptoms include a fever and/or cough.

A small number may go on to develop difficulty breathing and chest tightness, requiring admission to hospital.

People with severe symptoms might need admission to intensive care for help breathing.

You may be at risk of infection if you’ve been in contact with someone that has a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

The situation is evolving but to date the following should take appropriate precautions according to the NHS:

  • Those who are 70 or over
  • Those with a long-term condition
  • Those who are pregnant
  • Those with a weakened immune system

If you have symptoms such as cough, fever and shortness of breath and think you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days – follow local advice if you’re outside of the UK, and try to stay at home.

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