COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.
The main symptoms to look out for are:
a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
shortness of breath
fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above) or chills
If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.
Social distancing and self-isolation
Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of coronavirus. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.
Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You will need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
Together we can slow this virus down, the guidelines are clear – keep your distance. We must stay apart to pull together and protect each other. You as an individual can flatten the curve.