Page 3: What is Covid-19?

Page 3: What is Covid-19?

What is it?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the illness caused by a new strain of the coronavirus virus type. It affects the respiratory system and the main symptoms can include a cough, high temperature and loss of smell or taste.

How does it spread?

Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in, or transmitted through touch, if you touch a surface they have landed on, then your eyes, nose or mouth.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are a new continuous cough, high temperature (37.8C or greater) and loss of smell or taste.

A new continuous cough is where you:

  • have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
  • have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
  • are coughing more than usual

A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.

IMPORTANT – symptoms may not appear until 2-14 days after infection. It is also possible to carry the coronavirus without showing any symptoms yourself. This is why it is vital to take all necessary precautions, such as regular hand washing, social distancing and wearing face coverings where appropriate AT ALL TIMES.

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