COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Because this is a new illness it has been able to spread quickly, which is why the Government and the NHS are taking significant steps to combat it.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- Loss or change to sense of smell or taste
The sooner you get tested, the sooner you will know how long you must self-isolate for.
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.