Coronavirus is a new disease that is spreading throughout the world at a rapid pace. It has changed the lives of millions of people and our website will help make sense of it all.

What You Need to Know

What is it?

Covid-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and is caused by a virus called coronavirus. It has resulted in diferring responses from individuals, from severe to very mild. So far, the indications suggest that the majority of people will experience a mild illness and eventually recover.

How does is spread?

As Covid-19 is a new illness, we still do not know how it spreads from person to person although similar viruses seem to spread in cough droplets.

This is why the official advice is to sneeze or cough into a tissue and put it in the bin immediately.

What are the symptoms?

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to cold and flu symptoms and the main characteristics of the virus are:

  • a persistent cough
  • a high temperature (around 37.8c or over)
  • shortness of breath
How do I avoid catching it?

There is no way you can avoid catching coronavirus but there are things you can do that might help:

  • cover your mouth with a tissue (or if you don't have a tissue, a sleeve will do) when you sneeze or cough and put the tissue in the bin
  • try to avoid close contact with people who seem unwell (the recommended guidance suggests we allow around 2 metres)
  • wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is unavailable
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if you have not washed your hands (similar viruses tend to enter the body this way)

Self-isolation if where you stay indoors for a certain period of time to avoid spreading the illness. Many have taken to voluntary self-isolation. The idea is that it limits the spread of the virus by limiting social contact.

You may be asked to self-isolate by a medical professional and it is important to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those around you, that you adhere to this advice.