How is the virus spread?

The NHS says it is not exactly known how the Coronavirus is spread from person to person because it is a new illness.
It says similar viruses are spread in cough droplets and that it is "very unlikely" to be spread through things like packages or food.

How do I avoid catching or spreading COVID-19?

• Wash your hands regularly - with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds
• Wash your hands when you get home or into work
• Use hand sanitsers if you do not have access to soap and water
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or with your sleeve - not your hands - when you cough or sneeze
• Used tissues should be put in the bin immediately and your hands should be washed afterwards
• Try to avoid contact with people who are unwell
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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The NHS is asking people staying at home to:

• Try and keep two metres (three steps) away from other people in your home - especially older people or those with long-term health conditions
• Ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver food and medicine - but avoid contact with them
• Sleep alone if possible
• Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds on a regular basis
• Try to stay away from older people and those with long term health conditions
• Drink lots of water and take everyday painkillers - like paracetamol to deal with your symptoms
• Not have visitors and ask people to leave deliveries outside
• Not leave the house - including going for a walk or to schools or any public places

When should I call NHS 111?

The NHS 111 service are asking patients to use its online service if;
• You cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• Your condition gets worse
• Your symptoms do not get better after seven days

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