- It is a new strain of the group of viruses known as coronaviruses
- First identified in Wuhan City, China January 2020
- Incubation period: 2-14 days
- Symptoms: cough, breathing difficulties, fever
- Vulnerable people include: people with weakened immune systems, older people, those with a long-term condition e.g. diabetes, cancer, lung disease.
How is it spread?
- When in close proximity of an infected person (2 metres)
- If contact with an infected person is prolonged
- Transmitted through droplets produced with coughs and sneezes
- Infection can occur through direct transfer to mouth/nose or inhalation OR by touching a contaminated surface then touching their own face/mouth/nose
How to prevent the spread?
- Avoid being exposed – there is no current vaccine:
- Wash your hands often – particularly after taking public transport
- Cover up coughs and sneezes – with a tissue, then in the bin
- If you feel unwell do not attend work, school or any childcare setting
- If soap & water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces/objects
- Avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with those who aren’t well
- Face masks for use by the general public is not recommended to protect from infection
- If you have returned from a Category 1 specified country in the last 14 days you should self-isolate
- If you have returned from a Category 2 specified country in the last 14 days you and begin to feel unwell you are advised to stay at home
- Use the 111 Online coronavirus service for what to do next
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