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.
Special advice is available for:
- shielding people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
- people classed as higher risk, and those classed as most at risk
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