Coronavirus 

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. It is a new respiratory illness which affects lungs and airways that has not previously been seen in humans.

Travellers returning from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have returned from Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days:                                                                                                 

1. Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people (as you would with the flu): DO NOT use public transport or taxis, DO NOT go to work, school or public areas and AVOID visitors in your home 

2. Call NHS 111 to tell them of your recent travel to the area

While the risk to the UK population remains low, these steps are recommended to limit the potential spread of infection.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

If you get a cough, a high temperature, or you feel short of breath, continue to follow this advice. Do not leave your house without getting advice from a doctor.

In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

Travellers returning from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK in the past 14 days from the following areas:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

1. Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people (as you would with the flu): DO NOT use public transport or taxis, DO NOT go to work, school or public areas and AVOID visitors in your home 

2. Call NHS 111 to tell them of your recent travel to the area

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are mild.

In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

What is the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low.

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

The Chief Medical Officer for England has made a statement on novel coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus

Symptoms usually include:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • difficulty breathing

How is coronavirus spread between people?

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.

It's highly unlikely coronavirus can be spread through packages from affected countries or through food.

Treatment for coronavirus

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms.

 

Further information

GOV.UK has further information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK, and advice on travel to China.

Last updated :Feb 19, 2020

Published: Jan 29, 2020