COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called 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.

How to protect yourself at work

  • Wash hands your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitiser gel
  • Wear disposable gloves
  • Do not touch your face when wearing the gloves
  • Wear gloves when entering the building
  • Sanitise entrance/exit door handles so that when leaving you don’t get infected
  • Have a thermometer at home keep an eye on your temperature
  • If you are concerned and have a fever – higher than 37C seek medical advice by dialing 111
  • Do not go to a pharmacy, GP surgery or hospital
  • NHS 111 is the online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
  • As much as possible avoid people with fever or at least be sensible
  • Keep abreast of developments on the news

Use the 111 service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • you’ve been to Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, northern Italy, Iran, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam in the past 14 days
  • you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places. You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

You can read the most up to date advice about coronavirus at

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