What is Coronavirus? Official Advice

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Official Advice and Guidance

For health information and advice, visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For NHS stay at home advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

See advice from Public Health: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus

To learn about the UK Government response, visit GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

For information from the World Health Organisation on basic protective measures: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

For regular updates and news stories, see the BBC news page: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers

The current situation can be difficult and stressful, for advice on things you can try that could help your wellbeing, have a look at the Mind website: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

If you need local support

People who self isolating or organisations looking for support can also contact us on via this page, calling 0121 728 7030 during office hours, emailing relief@theaws.org or you can message us FacebookInstagram or Twitter

How your organisation can support

If you are interested in supporting and working with us, please contact us via this page. Alternatively you can email support@theaws.org or call 0121 728 7030 during office hours . You can also message us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.