Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • shortness of breath

If you have any of these symptoms you need to:

  • stay at home
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
  • not go to work, school or public areas
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

While the risk to people in the UK is low, these steps can help reduce the possible spread of infection. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

Further information:

To learn about the government response visit GOV.UK