Shropshire Council

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways, caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new continuous dry cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or changed sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

You can find out more about coronavirus, social distancing, how to self-isolate, helping others safely and more on the NHS website and the gov.uk coronavirus information pages.

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