Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) – What you need to know


The latest health advice for the general public on COVID-19 (novel coronoavirus) can be found on the Ministry of Health website. The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO). The Ministry has been using its pandemic plan to guide actions since the outbreak in China was announced.
Information, including signs and symptoms, advice for travellers and status updates is available from the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation websites. Symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath. If you begin to feel unwell, please contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453, or phone your general practice team (please phone first and follow their instructions).
Please be aware that basic hygiene measures are the most important way to stop the spread of infections, including the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information on hand hygiene and cough etiquette see the Ministry of Health infection prevention information.