What is coronavirus?

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on Wed 29 Jan

 

A coronavirus is a type of virus - as a group, this type of virus is actually quite common globally. Symptoms typically include fever and a cough that may develop into severe pneumonia. This causes shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

 

Like many virus, coronavirus can generally cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions such as chronic lung disease, diabetes and cancer

 

Wuhan novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan City, China.

 

Typical symptoms of Wuhan novel coronavirus

According to the NHS and the WHO, symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus usually include:

 

  • Feeling tired
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A high temperature
  • A cough and/or sore throat

 

You can see that these symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases (including flu and the common cold) So, if you have these symptoms it is sensible to consider the following:

 

  • Have you travelled in the last two weeks to a high-risk area?
  • Have you been in contact with someone who has?

 

How quickly do symptoms emerge?

Symptoms are thought to appear between two and 10 days after contracting the virus.

 

Advice for ALL travellers from Wuhan

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

 

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people just as you would with other flu viruses
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city
  • If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP.

 

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

 

 Current situation regarding  people with Wuhan novel coronavirus

The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.

 

If you have concerns about the coronavirus please call us.  DO NOT COME IN TO THE SURGERY. 

 

I hope this helps 

 

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