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What is COVID19?

COVID19 is the new respiratory disease spreading around the world and it is caused by a coronavirus. COVID19 is short for “coronavirus disease 2019.” The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

  • People are most contagious when they are the sickest. But those who don’t have a lot of symptoms can still pass the virus on to others.
  • There is currently no vaccine or cure for COVID19 but researchers are working to find one.

Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus now

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too. You can find about the test here



If you need medical advice about Coronavirus go to:

Call 999 if you feel very unwell or think there's something seriously wrong.


What are COVID19’s symptoms?

The most common symptoms are very similar to other viruses: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Common symptoms of COVID19 are changing as more is learned about the disease. For the most up to date symptom list, visit the CDC’s website.

  • Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe illness.
  • If you or someone you know has symptoms, our Screening Tool will recommend best next steps.
  • Symptom List


Who is at high risk for COVID19?

Everyone is at risk of getting COVID19, but some people are at a higher risk of serious illness. Generally speaking, adults aged 65 and older and people of any age who have underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for serious illness from COVID19.

  • The most up-to-date way to assess your risk is to complete our Screening Tool

When should I see a doctor?

Knowing when to see a doctor can keep medical care available for those who need it most. Most mild symptoms can be treated at home. The most up-to-date way to assess your best next steps is to complete our Screening Tool.

  • If you need to see your doctor, call the office before you go. Many physicians’ offices are doing virtual visits. They will tell you what to do based on your location.
  • Testing is limited-availability across the country and is currently being prioritized for healthcare workers, emergency medical service providers, police, and other essential workers, so please consult your doctor for availability in your local area.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs, call emergency services. Emergency warning signs include: severe, constant chest pain or pressure; extreme difficulty breathing; severe, constant lightheadedness; or serious disorientation or unresponsiveness.