Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Coronavirus symptoms

– a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
– a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
– You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
– Your condition gets worse
– Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

– shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
– one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
– any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
– travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Looking after your health and wellbeing
To help yourself stay well while you’re at home:

– stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
– try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
– do light exercise at home, or outside once a day

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
– Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
– Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
– Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
– Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
– Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
– Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

Tips for staying at home
– If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
– This action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
– Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure you can successfully stay at home
– Ask your friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
– stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
– Sleep alone if possible
– Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
– Stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
– Drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with symptoms

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