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/.
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