Here you will find the latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You will also find advice you should follow in order to keep yourself safe and others around you.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses, ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as MERS-CoV and SARS (Cov). The official name for this new disease, not previously seen in humans, is COVID-19. It was first identified in Wuhan City, in Hubei province, China.
Coronavirus has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as a public health emergency with a rapidly growing number of cases spreading outside of China.
How is Coronavirus spread?
COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to flu, where there is close contact between people by breathing in droplets of infected fluid or by touching contaminated surfaces or objects. Most people infected with the virus have mild symptoms and recover, but some experience more serious illness and may need hospital care. People over 60 seem to be more vulnerable, as are those with weakened immune systems or an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart and lung disease. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between two and 14 days.
Typical symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, coughing and sneezing. This may soon develop into pneumonia causing breathing difficulties.
However, this can be easily avoided by following some the below hygiene etiquette:
- Hand wash frequently for 20 seconds with soap, particularly when in a public place. Use alcohol gel when hand washing is not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose immediately of the tissue and perform hand hygiene and refrain from touching your face before washing your hands.
- A medical mask is not required if exhibiting no symptoms, as there is no evidence that wearing a mask – of any type – protects non-sick persons.
If you think you may have contracted Coronavirus then you should not attend your GP Surgery or A&E. NHS 111 has an online Coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical advice.
You can also use this service if:
- You think you might have Coronavirus
- In the last 14 days, you have been to a country or area which is considered high risk
- You’ve been in close contact with someone with Coronavirus
To keep up to date on all the latest news on Coronavirus, please use the link below.
We advise for our workers to stay updated on the government’s guidance on the COronavirus which is updated daily at 2pm.
Government’s latest information and advice can be found here: