COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Advice for UK residents
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
– stay at home as much as possible
– work from home if you can
– limit contact with other people
– keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
– wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital as you might spread the infection to other people. It is important that you self-isolate for 7 days.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
-A high temperature
-A new continuous cough
-A loss or change in your sense of smell or taste
If you have any of these symptoms you can ask for a free NHS test. This is available to anyone in England and Wales and to anyone over the age of 5 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. You and your recent contacts may be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service depending on your test results..
Advice for Ireland residents
If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.
Watch our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Chris Morris, answer your questions and guide you on how to stay protected from this viral infection and what to do if you experience coronavirus symptoms.
We have prepared an information guide about coronavirus to help you, your employers and members to stay informed and protected. Click below to find out the basic protective measures against the new coronavirus and answers to key questions.
Read our Coronavirus: Information Guide