What is Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what are the symptoms?

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness which can affect the lungs and airways. Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

New information about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms has been announced

Website: Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 May 2020 (opens in a new window)

The latest information from the national government website: Coronavirus (COVID‑19) from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Website: Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Download: Self Isolation guidance from Worcestershire County Council

What to do if you have symptoms?

An update from Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire

R rates are calculated nationally and regionally. Data is drawn from many official sources and the process is complex and robust.

Here in Worcestershire, we fall under the Midlands region for this data, and this includes a very large area, across the East and West Midlands. It is not possible to calculate a meaningful R rate at a very local level, for example in cities such as Worcester. An R rate even at County level would not be a reliable and robust interpretation of the data.

This is because the data gathered is at such low numbers that even a minor change can create a disproportionate difference. Locally we review a multitude of early warning indicators, and look for signs of change. we review a multitude of early warning indicators, and look for signs of change.

We continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the safety of our residents.