For further information see Health Service Executive at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness.
It has not previously been seen in humans.
This type of coronavirus is also known as SARS-CoV-2.
It was previously known as 2019-nCov or novel coronavirus.
Symptoms may include: a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever (High Temperature)
Coronavirus can also cause more severe illness including: pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets.
You could get the virus if you:
- come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
- touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on
- Because it’s a new illness, we do not know how easily the virus spreads from person to person.
- We do not know if someone can spread the virus before they show symptoms.
- The virus may only survive a few hours if someone who has it coughs or sneezes on a surface.
- Simple household disinfectants can kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant.
Packages from affected countries: You cannot get coronavirus from packages or food that has come from China or elsewhere.
There is no evidence that animals or animal products legally imported into the EU are a health risk due to coronavirus.
- wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
- put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
- follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs if travelling to a country or region with a spread of coronavirus
Wash your hands:
- after coughing or sneezing
- after toilet use
- before eating
- before and after preparing food
- if your hands are dirty
- if you have handled animals or animal waste
- if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- do not use a face mask if you feel well and do not have symptoms – there’s no evidence that using masks is of any benefit if you are not sick
You should use a face mask if you:
- have or may have coronavirus
- are in close contact with someone who has or may have coronavirus
- are a healthcare worker in close contact with people who may have or have coronavirus
Self-isolate – when you may need to. You only need to isolate yourself from other people if you have symptoms of coronavirus and have in the last 14 days been:
- to a country or region with a current spread of coronavirus
- in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus
- in a healthcare centre or hospital where patients with coronavirus were being treated