Corona virus (2019-nCoV)

A new type of coronavirus — called 2019-nCoV — appeared in the Wuhan and Hubei provinces of China in late 2019.

Symptoms include a high temperature, cough, and shortness of breath — and can resemble seasonal flu symptoms.

Coronavirus has been spreading in China, bringing widespread illness and — mostly among older patients, or patients who are already sick and weak — a rising death toll. There have also been confirmed cases in other Asian countries, Australia, the US, Europe, and the UK — however, the risk of catching the coronavirus in the UK remains low.

When should I seek care?

If you have returned from China or Asia in the past 14 days — or have been in close contact with someone who has travelled there in the past 14 days — and get a high temperature, cough, sore throat, or short of breath, you should:

  • stay indoors and try to avoid contact with other people

  • call your GP or the NHS on 111 for advice on what to do next

How is coronavirus spread between people?

This is a new type of coronavirus, so it’s still too early to say for sure how it passes from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.

How do I get more information?

To get the latest information about the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), please go to this information page from NHS.

Please call 111 for urgent medical problems, or 999 for emergencies.

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