COVID-19 (coronavirus) - what is it?

(Updated 1st June 2020)

 
Thank you to everyone in our community for working together and protecting each other through maintaining physical distancing, good hand hygiene and staying at home as much as possible.  It has been hard but your commitment to this is appreciated.  Through our collective efforts we have reduced but not eliminated the coronavirus. We need to continue to  work together to stay safe in Frome as the lockdown is eased.
 
The government has updated it's advice about coronavirus, as follows: 

We can all help control the virus if we stay alert. This means you must: 

You can read more about what you can and can't do on the government website. 

CLICK HERE FOR CORONAVIRUS FAQ ON WHAT WE CAN NOW DO

If you're at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19), there are extra steps you're advised to take to protect yourself. These extra steps are called shielding.

NHS CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

 
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

Use the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss of, 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

NHS 111 ONLINE CORONAVIRUS SERVICE

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19, also referred to as coronavirus, is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

It originated in China in December 2019 but has now spread around the world. 

We do not yet know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It's therefore important to follow advice about protecting ourselves, family and friends with some simple measures - find out more here. 

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Any treatment given aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.  

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss of, 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

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

NHS 111 ONLINE CORONAVIRUS SERVICE