About coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is coronavirus (COVID-19) and am I at risk?

Coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus.

The most common symptoms are a continuous cough and/or a high temperature (fever). For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild infection.

However, some people are more vulnerable to getting severe symptoms. Those people are :

  1. aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  2. under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone advised to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)
  • chronic (long term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis-chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinsons disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as a result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or more)
  • those who are pregnant



Last updated: 20 March 2020, 6.31pm