About Coronavirus: what you need to know and do

As we are spending more time indoors. This will increase the risk of coronavirus spreading.

The following reconstructions of everyday environments show why washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping at least 2m apart is vital in controlling the spread.

Coronavirus can live for more than 24 hours indoors.

You could pick up or pass on the virus by touching a contaminated surface.

Washing your hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitiser, regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or passing it on.

Coronavirus can be found in tiny droplets coming out of your nose and mouth.

Wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth reduces the spread of droplets carrying the virus. This means if you have it, you’re less likely to pass it on to others.

Larger droplets can land on other people or on surfaces they touch. Spreading the virus through droplets is most likely to happen when you are less than 2m apart.

Smaller droplets called aerosols can stay in the air for some time, especially if there is no ventilation.

So when you are with people not from your household, you must keep at least 2m apart.

The risk of spreading the virus through smaller droplets is much less outdoors, where there is more ventilation.

Wash your hands, cover your face, make space. These are the three most effective ways we can all control the spread of the virus.

Remember if you have any coronavirus symptoms; high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, get a free test by calling 119 or visiting NHS.uk.

Together, we will control the virus and stop the spread.

 

Don’t forget, Hands, Face, Space.

More information on what you need to do Here

Symptoms and what to do- HERE

More information HERE

 

Why is the advice important

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

The Facts and Statistics about Coronavirus in the UK

The link below will take you to the official statistics for Corona virus in the UK.

The dashboard shows:

  • total lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and each of the 4 constituent countries
  • total deaths in hospital of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK and each of the 4 constituent countries
  • cases confirmed by NHS/PHE labs for each region and upper tier local authority (UTLA) in England
  • daily time series of cases in England confirmed by NHS/PHE labs by specimen date
  • deaths of people who have had a positive test result for COVID-19 confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory

select continue reading to go to the data

What you need to do

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

Self-isolating and testing for coronavirus

Find out about testing here

PLEASE ONLY GET A TEST IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS

This will help make sure people who need a test can get one. We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.

Please book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119

Find NHS guidance on whether you are eligible for a test here.

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

read the guidance here

easy read version here

 

 

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