COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus: DO
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing)
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards (CATCH IT BIN IT KILL IT)
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
If you have travelled recently please do check https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Check if you need medical help
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus
- in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus –
- you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital or attend school
Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You’ll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you’ve recovered.
Source of information
There is a useful helpline for any questions related to education for young people, parents and staff Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)