COVID-19 


What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

How is Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread? 


Transmission is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with someone who is showing symptoms of the virus. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the virus is transmitted from person to person.

Cleaning & Disinfection Advice


All surfaces that an infected person has come into contact with must be cleaned and disinfected, especially in public spaces or institutions such as schools and offices. Frequently touched surfaces for coronavirus cleaning include::

  • Desktops and all work surfaces
  • Doorknobs and door handles
  • Light switches and dimmer switches
  • Computer monitors, keyboards, mice
  • Tablets and laptops
  • Telephone equipment
  • All chair rests and arms
  • Canteen tables and chairs, crockery, trays and cutlery
  • Sinks, taps and kitchen areas
  • Toilets, including all surfaces
  • Water fountains and drinks dispensers and vending machines
  • Lifts and their doors and buttons

 Symptoms & Advice

As a reminder, the advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines:

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people

Source: Department of Health & Social Care