COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Advice for UK residents
Help control the virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
– Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
– Cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
– Make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital as you might spread the infection to other people. It is important that you self-isolate for 7 days.
Read the NHS advice about staying at home.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
-A high temperature
-A new continuous cough
-A loss or change in your sense of smell or taste
If you have any of these symptoms you can ask for a free NHS test. This is available to anyone in England and Wales and to anyone over the age of 5 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. You and your recent contacts may be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service depending on your test results.
Find out how to tell the difference between coronavirus and hayfever.
Advice for Ireland residents
If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.
Visit HSE webpage for more information.
Coronavirus: Information Guide
We have prepared an information guide about coronavirus to help you, your employers and members to stay informed and protected. Click below to find out the basic protective measures against the new coronavirus and answers to key questions.
Read our Coronavirus: Information Guide
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Watch our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Chris Morris, answer your questions and guide you on how to stay protected from this viral infection and what to do if you experience coronavirus symptoms.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
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What does the test for coronavirus involve?
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