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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.

Protect yourself


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: