Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - What you need to know
Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice
If you have symptoms of a cough, shortness of breath and a fever (however mild) and have recently returned from:
China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Hubei province, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Iran, Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy
OR you have been in contact with someone with a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus, DO NOT come into the surgery, please remain at home and call NHS 111.
If you are still unsure, please contact a member of our team on 0330 088 2020 and we’ll be happy to assist.
What is Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Wuhan Novel Coronavirus is a new member of the coronavirus family, in which the first human cases were detected in the city of Wuhan in China, in December 2019. It has since spread to other parts of the world, including the UK.
Wuhan Novel Coronavirus causes a type of pneumonia, so symptoms include coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. As this is a virus, antibiotics can’t be used, however, people admitted to hospital with coronavirus will be given fluids and help with breathing. It is believed that most people with a healthy immune system will recover from the virus, however a number of people who were already in poor health have died after being infected with this strain.
How can I minimise the risk of catching Wuhan Novel Coronavirus?
There are things you can do to minimise the risk of catching or spreading viruses including Coronavirus:
- 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
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
The Coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing and developing situation, so please visit the Public Health England website for the very latest information, including what to do if you think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus.