Public Health England - coronavirus
(updated 25 February 2020)
What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and should I be concerned?
A coronavirus is a type of virus. It should be regarded much in the same way as ‘flu’. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.
Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Generally, coronavirus 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.
Should I be doing anything to protect myself if I’m in the UK?
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how the novel coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.
There are things you can do to help stop germs like novel coronavirus spreading:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
For adrenal insufficient patients who take replacement hydrocortisone, prednisolone or plenadren
They should as per usual follow steroid rules, and make sure they have sufficient additional hydrocortisone supply and follow the usual steroid emergency rules, making sure the doctors looking after them are aware of this.
If patients are developing symptoms, or are concerned about contact/ travel they had, they should phone NHS111 for advice.