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.