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:
- difficulty in breathing
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/
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?