Advice for employees

COVID-19 Coronavirus

Written by Glenn Elliott

Last published at: March 26th, 2020

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The facts

  • As a group, coronaviruses are common around the world. Novel coronavirus (officially known as COVID-19) is a new strain that was first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.
  • Common symptoms of coronavirus include a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath. These can progress into more serious symptoms including severe pneumonia and breathing difficulties. 
  • Most people who get coronavirus recover without the need for special treatment. Only around one in six people who get the virus become seriously ill. Older people and those with long-term health conditions (like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease) are most at risk of developing severe symptoms.
  • At the end of February 2020, the risk to public health in the UK was considered moderate. 

Have I got coronavirus?

The symptoms of coronavirus are not identical between people. The following chart may help

If you think you have coronavirus, or think you may have come into contact with someone who has, call 111 for advice. Don’t go to a GP surgery or pharmacy. If you have difficulty breathing call for an ambulance. 

If you have recently returned to the UK from abroad, use the NHS online coronavirus service to get specific advice.

How do I protect myself?

The best way to protect yourself from coronavirus is stay home and follow government advice to go out only when absolutely essential.

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