You can't open a newspaper, turn on a television or look online at the moment without seeing mention of "The Corona Virus". But what is it and what is the current NHS guidance for UK residents? Lets take a look ...
Firstly, this isn't the only coronavirus by a long way. A great many cold & flu viruses are also members of the coronavirus family, as well as more serious infections like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). This new, novel virus has been named Corvid-19 and was first identified in the Wuhan region of China, from where it has been spreading outwards thanks to modern travel and the timeframe between exposure and onset of symptoms. Much like a severe flu infection, most people who contract the disease would feel very poorly for some time, but would get over it. However those with underlying health problems such as asthma, COPD, heart disease as well as the very young and elderly are at risk of worse symptoms and complications. The main problem with Corvid-19 is not that it is easier to spread than any other coronavirus, but that there is no background immunity in the population so most people who are exposed would likely end up with the full infection. It is for this reason that the NHS has been reviewing guidance on what do with suspected cases, as we need to limit the spread until the infection burns itself out of circulation, otherwise we could end up with an epidemic across the UK. The current advice is that most cases of symptoms similar to Corvid-19 will be regular cases of colds & flu. The advice is as usual for this time of year - keep hydrated, rest up and use whatever medication you prefer for the symptoms (paracetamol, decongestants & cough linctuses as appropriate & safe for each individual). Our pharmacist can help you with symptom advice if you give us a call. More specific advice is available for those at risk of infection from Corvid-19: If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days
Stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel to the area(s). If you have been to Wuhan, or Hubei province, in the last 14 days, stay indoors and avoid contact with others where possible, and call 111 informing them of your travel. Do this even if you do not have any symptoms. If you have any queries, please get in touch with your GP or pharmacy for advice by phone.
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