Coronavirus (COVID-19) What You Should Know
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. Being a new illness so we don’t know exactly how it is passed on. However, similar viruses are spread through small droplets when people cough. The infection could also be passed on by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. For a in depth over view please watch the fantastic video on this page.
The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.Common symptoms include:
- Dry Cough
Other symptoms include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Aches and Pains
- Sore Throat
- and very few people will report, diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing and referral.People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.
If You Feel Unwell
If you feel unwell, contact your healthcare team as usual. If you are currently having chemotherapy – contact your chemotherapy support line urgently. Do not visit your GP, pharmacy or hospital.
If you have a new cough or high temperature, you should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days, and everyone else you live with should stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days. There is more information about self-isolation on the NHS self-isolation page.
The NHS is now advising people not to take ibuprofen if you have symptoms. There is no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus worse, but until more evidence emerges, people should take paracetamol instead, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you. If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.
Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms. To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
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