What is the Coronavirus and its symptoms?

The specific strand of the coronavirus that has been spreading is called Covid-19 and is a member of the coronavirus family that has not been encountered before. The virus has likely come from animals as those that were among the first infected shopped/worked at a wholesale seafood market within Wuhan.

Those that were infected with the virus inhibited flu like symptoms with additional serious effects. Effects such as pneumonia, coughing, a fever and breathing difficulties. In more extreme cases the virus can cause the organs to fail... but again only in more extreme cases where that happens.

Currently not much is know about how the virus spreads, but the ways to prevent it are highly effective!

What measure can you take?

The current vaccines/medicine we have on flu type viruses do not work on the coronavirus (Covid-19 specifically) and those that have a strong immune system have a easy time recovering from the virus. However those with weaker immune systems will be at a higher risk as it was the case for those that have previously had the virus.

For now the steps below will be the best chance at beating the virus, also know as the;

Don't forget to wash:

1) Wet your hands

2) Apply soap

3) Wash your hands (for 20 seconds)

4) Rinse well

5) Dry your hands

6) Turn off water using a paper towel

Don't forget to scrub in between fingers, underneath your nails and the top of your hands.

These steps may seem self explanatory but are extremely vital to fight against the coronavirus!

What to do if you have a cough?

If you do have a cough or starting to feel unwell please stay indoors and call 111 just for some advice. It will be highly likely that it could be nothing but there is no harm in checking.

For more in depth information on COVID-19 and how to isolate please visit the NHS advice page by clicking HERE