Coronavirus can be spread when people with the virus have close, sustained contact with people who are not infected. This typically means spending more than 15 minutes within two meters of an infected person, such as talking to someone for instance. The virus can also be contracted through hand to mouth contact – so it's vital that we maintain good hand hygiene and limit touching our faces.
The more you come into contact with the droplets from coughs and sneezes of an infected person, the more likely you are to catch the infection, which is why the advice is that if you are showing any of the following symptoms you need to self-isolate at home, and don't to go out until you have had a negative Coronavirus test:
A new continuous cough.
Loss of taste or smell.
A temperature more than 37.8C.
The aim of this is to slow down the spread of Coronavirus which will allow health services to manage the virus better for those that do become infected, protecting yourself and your loved ones.
For most of the population Coronavirus will feel like a seasonal cold with mild symptoms. However, as Coronavirus is spreading throughout our communities it's important to not only appropriately protect ourselves but also those that are more vulnerable, so it's vital that we follow the self-isolation advice, however inconvenient, frustrating or boring this feels. To understand what is meant by vulnerable do refer to our Am I Vulnerable information.
The current evidence base for Coronavirus suggests that children don't experience a severe reaction to the virus, but disease modeling is being undertaken to learn how children become infected, transmit and manage the illness.
NHS 111 are a great source of information and support if your symptoms increase during your self-isolation or are not resolving after seven days. Look at NHS 111 online 111.nhs.uk for further management information. If you feel this is a medical emergency, then you should contact 999 services.
This information has been compiled using Government advice and third party information. This page is being reviewed and updated as appropriate, Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. However, please be aware that Government advice may have changed since the last update.