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Information about Coronavirus

You will hear a lot of people talking about a virus called Coronavirus. A virus is a type of illness. Because people travel to work and go on holidays, people in many countries have the virus. People in China first had the Coronavirus. Some people in the UK now have the virus.

What is Coronavirus?

What it is thought to spread mainly by coughing and sneezing. People who have the virus can feel ill with

  • A fever and high temperature
  • A cough
  • Problems breathing

Some people will need extra help to get better. Most people with the virus do not need to go to hospital. Remember, flu, colds and other viruses can make you feel unwell too.

What if I have Coronavirus or think I have Coronavirus?

Do not go to see your doctor.

If you live alone and you think you have the virus then stay at home for 7 days. This is called self-isolation. Tell a friend, family member or a Carer you are in self-isolation. If you don’t feel better after 7 days or you start feeling worse during the 7 days then call 111 on the telephone. The person on the phone will tell you what to do.

If you live with other people and any of you gets a cough or fever then you should all self-isolate for 14 days.

How can I help myself stay safer and stop the virus spreading?

If you are aged over 70, pregnant or already have a health condition, you should not meet other people for 12 weeks. This is nearly the same as 3 months. When you are in self-isolation, ask friends, family or a Carer to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.

Everyone should meet other people less often and avoid public spaces such as pubs, restaurants and cinemas.

Do not to touch your face if your hands are not clean.

How can I help myself stay safer and stop the virus spreading?

  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing and before you eat any food
  • Use a tissue if you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands more often with soap and water
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds – the same time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice
  • Use hand sanitiser on your hands if you can

Information about Coronavirus 

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