Coronavirus is a new type of illness which spreads easily from person to person .

It can make you feel poorly.

Most people who have had the virus feel unwell but do not need to go to hospital. A very small number of people will need more help to get better.

It is like the flu. If you are ill with the virus you may have:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • And find it harder to breathe normally.

If you think you have Coronavirus you should not go to your doctors

You should stay at home and telephone 111 straight away.

The person you speak to will tell you what to do next
They may tell you to stay at home and not be near other people.
This is called self-isolation

The doctors and nurses have said that this is helpful for up to 2 weeks.

You would need to stay in your home all this time, and not have contact with other people

People who have coronavirus are usually better after 2 weeks.

2 weeks is the same as 14 days

Some people who get the virus do need more medical help, and if you are very unwell you may need to go to hospital.

This will make sure you get the right treatment to help you get better.

You can help stop the spread of coronavirus

Try to stop other people from catching it from you.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Put the tissue straight into the bin
  • If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hand
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands carefully after coughing or sneezing, before eating any food.

Always wash your hands when you get home or into work

Use soap and wash them for 20 seconds before drying carefully

There is a good video about the best way to wash your hands.

There is an online service that can help you find out more about coronavirus.

Use it:

  • If you think you might have coronavirus
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus
  • If you have been to a county with a high risk of coronavirus.