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Wash your hands

We all have a responsibility to combat the Corona Virus, known as COVID-19, a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

The symptoms of coronavirus a cough, a high temperature and 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.

Because it’s a new illness, scientists don’t yet know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.

There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Put used tissues in the bin immediately. Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if you think you might have coronavirus; in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see our coronavirus advice for traveller or you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.