Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty has said an epidemic in the UK is now likely. The Government is estimating a very worst-case scenario of 80 percent of the population being infected with Covid-19. Prof Whitty said: “If this higher end of this epidemic happens, we’re going to have to do things differently for a period of time.”
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. Symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu; these include a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have the illness. Because this is a new illness, experts do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
Government advice is that you should wash your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds, washing hands when you get home or into work and on a regular basis throughout the day, using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. You must cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards. Importantly, try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell, especially those that have been travelling out the country.
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