Information for the public on COVID-19

What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. It is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

Generally, these infections 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.

Where to look for general advice on keeping yourself and those around you healthy and safe:

Dudley Council’s coronavirus advice page: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/emergencies/coronavirus-advice/

Government information and advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response/

Guidance from The World Health Organisation on how to best protect yourself against infection: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

NHS overview: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS common questions: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

Your wellbeing

Mind (mental health charity) are offering advice around how to help your wellbeing if you are required to self-isolate or worried about the coronavirus and covers the following areas: Plan for staying at home or indoors/ take care of your mental health and wellbeing & a checklist to see if you are ready to stay at home for two weeks?

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/