The HPSC (Health Protection Surveillance Centre) has provided information on the Novel Coronavirus.
What is the Cornonavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats, with some causing illness in humans e.g. SARS (civet cats) and MERS (dromedary camels). Rarely, animal coronaviruses can change and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)
- a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Getting an early diagnosis from your GP means you can get the help you need and take steps to avoid spreading the virus, if you have it.
For more information on the Coronavirus see the HPSC website.