Frequently asked questions
Coronavirus is a type of virus that can affect your lungs and airways. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.
The coronavirus spreads from person to person via small droplets through exhaling or coughing. It's highly unlikely that it spreads through packages or through food.
The typical reported symptoms of Coronavirus include
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Generally, much like the flu, the Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, such as older people and those with long-term health conditions.
Even if your symptoms are mild, you should not go to the doctor or the hospital because it could put others at risk. You should:
Do a lateral flow test or if you don't have any you can purchase a PCR test from your local pharmacy to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
If you're not sure what to do or you are worried about your symptons then use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service.
Try to stay at home and avoid contact with others if you have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have symptoms of COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19, you can pass on the virus to other people for up to 10 days from when your infection starts. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.
Learn more on the NHS website.