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What is Covid-19 Coronavirus? - Symptoms, high risk groups, self-isolation and seeking medical help

Page last updated 11/07/2022


Please note this page contains the current information and guidance from the National Health Service and and the SEND Local Offer will be updated as required. You can also find the latest information on the NHS website.


What is Covid 19?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a type of virus called coronavirus.


Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means 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)
  • a 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

Who's at high risk from coronavirus?

Coronavirus can make anyone seriously ill, but there are some people who are at a higher risk.

For example, you may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:

  • have had an organ transplant
  • are having certain types of cancer treatment
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
  • are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
  • are pregnant and have a serious heart condition

Important Note:

If you're at high risk, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this.


What to do if you have symptoms

If you get symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) again, get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab), even if the symptoms are mild.

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until you get your test result.

The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19 on GOV.UK


Self-isolation

From February 24th 2022 as part of the Government's Plan for Living with Covid-19 you will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people.

You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Local Support

If you need support e.g getting help with food or medicines you can request support through the Nottinghamshire County Council Coronavirus Community Support Hub. To find out more go to the Nottinghamshire County Council website. Alternatively, you can call our Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.


What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have provided a 'traffic light' system for parents and carers on symptoms and what you need to do. Just click on the icon below to open up the document:

Advice for parentscarers if your child is unwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Protecting yourself from Coronavirus - Do's and Don'ts

Do

Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Watch the Government and NHS video on how you should wash your hands to protect yourself from Coronavirus:

 

Government Measures and Guidance

Page last updated 11/07/22


This page contains the latest guidance from the Cabinet Office. To find the latest information go to the Government website


Legal restrictions

From 24th February 2022 all remaining restriction were removed. 

There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated

  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside

  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces

  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive

For the latest guidance on how to stay safe and prevent the spread the of the virus go to the Government website


Important information about clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people

Clinical studies have shown that children and young people, including those originally considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), are at very low risk of serious illness if they catch the virus. The UK Clinical Review Panel has recommended that all children and young people under the age of 18 should no longer be considered CEV and should be removed from the Shielded Patient List, the national database of people considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

All children and young people should continue to follow the same guidance as everyone else, which can be found on the Government website. For a very few individual children specific clinical advice may be given and this should continue to be followed.

The Department for Health and Social Care have developed Frequently Asked Questions that can be accessed online.


British Sign Language Videos

You can access translated updates on coronavirus, from Government briefings, in British Sign Language, from the deaf health charity Sign Health.

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