Coronavirus information

What is coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus, which is common across the world. The illness COVID-19 is caused by a new form of coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, which was first reported in December 2019.

Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Generally the more severe symptoms appear in those people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term health conditions like diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:
– a cough
– a high temperature
– shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

The latest information and facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the Government website.

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