Coronavirus: What is the latest advice

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-03-08
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TheBoldAge explores 5 frequently asked questions about the illness

Everyday we are bombarded with news stories on the latest position both here in the UK and abroad. With so much being discussed TheBoldAge looks at 5 frequently asked questions.

What's the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, said the coronavirus was likely to be spreading undetected in the UK already, with health officials on the brink of moving into the phase of “delaying” rather than trying to “contain” transmission.

Chris Whitty, also said it was “likely, not definite, that we will move on to onward transmission and an epidemic here in the UK”. On being pressed whether it was spreading freely in the UK, he said “It is likely that will happen if not now then very soon … I think it is likely to be happening at the moment, not definite.”

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

So, what are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The symptoms of coronavirus are: - a cough - shortness of breath

But it’s important to realise that these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms, as many of us can attest to, are like other common illnesses such as cold and flu.

How is the coronavirus spread?

Because it's a new illness, the health and scientific communities are learning all the time. It’s most probably fair to say that there is still some way to go for us to have a full understanding of exactly how the corona virus spreads from person to person.

Do I need to avoid public places?

The vast majority of us can continue about our everyday lives but be sensible and when you are out and about, be considerate of others and follow the do’s and don’ts discussed below.

For the time being you only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

Just stay abreast of the news and the official advice given by the public health bodies and government,

How can I try to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus?

Do - wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds - always wash your hands when you get home or into work - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available - 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 - try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't - do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean