Coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses that cause a variety of illnesses from the common cold to severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Recently, a new kind of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCov, was identified as the cause of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. 2019-nCoV is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans, and it has become a concern because the origin and the exact conditions of its spreading are still unknown.
The risk of getting coronavirus in the UK is low. However, you should take precautionary measures if you have returned from specific areas, including:
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, NHS advise to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as the incubation period is believed to be around two weeks. Also, you must call 111 to tell them of your recent travel to Wuhan City.
To avoid catching and spreading germs, the NHS advises implementing few simple measures, such as: carrying tissues to catch a cough or sneeze and immediately bin them, washing hands often or use sanitiser gel if soap is not available and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
How to recognise it?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are like those of a bad cold or the flu, which can make diagnoses difficult. They include:
- feeling tired
- difficulty breathing
- a high temperature
- a cough
If you have any of these symptoms, don’t panic. Although the UK Chief Medical Officer has raised the risk to the public from low to moderate, the risk to individuals is still low.
The UK has been working in close collaboration with international colleagues and the World Health Organisation to monitor the situation around the world, while action has been taken in airports in order to prevent further spread.
What will Medical Solutions
Medical Solutions is prepared to help patients who may have been infected by the novel coronavirus.
All our doctors have received the latest advice and guidance from Public Health England and Health Protection and Surveillance Centre in Ireland.
In the case of patients who have recently travelled to China or feel they may have been exposed to the virus, they can call in to use our service and our doctors will be ready to help. Our call handlers will need as much information as possible about the patient’s current condition and recent history to help our GPs to diagnose and advise.
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