Wuhan novel coronavirus

You will probably have heard of a new virus called the Wuhan novel coronavirus – or just ‘coronavirus’.

What is it?

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 that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, 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.

Wuhan novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

What you should do if you may be infected?

If you have visited Wuhan and develop a fever, difficulty breathing or a cough within 14 days, you should seek medical attention either in China or on your return to the UK.

In the UK, please stay indoors and avoid contact with others where possible, call your GP or ring 111 informing them of your symptoms and your recent travel to the city. If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP.

General information

For advice from Public Health England on the virus:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

For advice from Public Health England on travel to China:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china

For advice from the World Health Organisation on how to protect yourself:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public