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Understanding Coronavirus

5 months ago by
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With new press reports coming in each day, Coronavirus has been a concern at the forefront of minds around the world since Christmas 2019.


With growing concern in the UK, we’ve put some information together for readers who wish to know a little more about the virus and how they can stop the spread of it:

What is Coronavirus?

Public Health England (PSE) states that

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus 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.”

They also advise those who have travelled to the countries listed below within the last few weeks, and are suffering from a cough, shortness of breath or a fever, should contact the NHS on 111 with their concern.

  • China

  • Thailand

  • Japan

  • Republic of Korea

  • Hong Kong

  • Taiwan

  • Singapore

  • Malaysia

  • Macau

How can I help to prevent the spread of viruses such as Coronavirus?

PHE advises that we can take the following measures to help prevent the spread of germs, such as Coronavirus:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

BLOG IMAGE CREDIT: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ (Illustration of COVID-19, created by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))

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