Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. It is a new respiratory illness which affects lungs and airways that has not previously been seen in humans. Generally, COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
The latest information and advice on COVID-19 can be found here.
Main COVID-19 symptoms
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough - you have been 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)
loss 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
Most people with COVID-19 have at least 1 of these symptoms.