Coronavirus – Quick-fire Facts & Prevention Techniques

About COVID-19

  • 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

Other advice…

  • 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

For more information:

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