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Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) advice for the public

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) advice for the public

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from Wuhan, China or if you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently travelled from this area, you should: 

CALL the surgery on 01604 670780 or 111 and mention your recent travel or close contact.  

Stay inside and avoid contact with other people.  

Cover your mouth/nose when you cough/sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it. 

Wash you hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

What is 2019 novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Can people in the U.K. get 2019-nCoV?

This 2019-nCoV virus does seem to be able to spread from person-to-person although it’s not clear how easily this happens. Person-to-person spread in the U.K. has not yet been detected, but it’s likely to occur to some extent.  Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in Wuhan or people who have travelled to Wuhan and less so, other parts of China.

How is the 2019-nCoV spread?

The exact way the virus is spread is not fully known. With similar coronaviruses (MERS and SARS) person-to-person spread is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other viruses that cause respiratory illness spread. There also may be some spread when a person touches a surface or object that has virus on it and then touches his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts. There is much more to learn about 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing.

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Patients with 2019-nCoV have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever ƒ
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

What are severe complications from this virus?

Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs.

How can I help protect myself? ƒ

This best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:                               

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. ƒ
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. ƒ
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer.

 If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should: ƒ

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • ƒCover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • ƒClean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What should I do if I recently travelled to China and got sick?

 If you were in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should get medical care. CALL the surgery on 01604 670780 or if the surgery is closed CALL 111. DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS INSTRUCTED. and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

 Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against 2019-nCoV. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Is there a treatment?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for 2019-nCoV. People with 2019-nCov can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

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