Information about the virus
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain first identified in Wuhan City, China
What are the symptoms?
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
If you think you might be infected with the Coronavirus, do not risk spreading it by coming into work or by going to the GP or hospital. Self-isolate yourself and ring 111 for advice.
Returning Travellers - Please view the latest advice from Public Health England on the list of places, that you if youâ€™ve travelled to the UK from in the last 14 days, you should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms
How COVID-19 is spread
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.
Respiratory secretions containing the virus are most likely to be the most important means of transmission; these are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, in the same way colds spread.
There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:
infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or possibly could be inhaled into the lungs
it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching door knob or shaking hands then touching own face).
The current understanding is that the virus doesnâ€™t survive on surfaces for longer than 72 hours.
There is currently little evidence that people without symptoms are infectious to others.