ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS
IMPORTANT: Please do not come into the clinic if you have recently been to China and have symptoms. Book a video appointment instead.
WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS?
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough. This may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. The Wuhan variant (2019-nCov) is a new strain of the coronavirus that can cause serious illness. It poses a substantial public health risk and advice should be taken seriously.
Advice from Public Health UK and the World Health Organisation aims to help minimise the spread of the virus and keep people well. We don’t need to be alarmed but do need to take a common sense approach to reduce the spread.
WHO IS AT RISK?
The coronavirus 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 – much like any flu virus.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. The risk to individuals remains low. The advice from Public Health UK remains the same and is detailed below.
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE FOR RECENT TRAVELLERS FROM CHINA, THAILAND, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HONG KONG, MALAYSIA OR MACAU
If you have symptoms:
- All patients with fever or flu-like symptoms should not book a face-to-face GP appointment.
- Instead, call the NHS line 111 and advise of recent travel to the area, or you can book a video appointment with any of our doctors.
- Contact Public Health UK for further advice and check their website as the advice is updated regularly.
If you have no symptoms:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with people for 14 days. This may seem drastic, but this is to avoid the spread of the virus as you may still be a carrier.
- Speak to your manager about working from home until you have passed the incubation period.
- If possible, ask family or friend to carry errands on your behalf (such as getting food, medicines etc)
- If you develop symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing), please do not leave your home without advice from a GP.
TREATMENT FOR THE CORONAVIRUS
The coronavirus has no vaccination at present therefore reducing the spread is key. At the moment, symptoms of the coronavirus include cough, fever, breathing difficulties and other flu-like symptoms. Most patients experience mild symptoms and those who have died in Wuhan have had pre-existing conditions.
As mentioned before, there is no need to panic as by taking a common sense approach and practising good hand-washing hygiene we can help reduce the spread.
Dr Daniel Fenton, Medical Director at The Doctors Clinic Group