How to survive coronavirus and what to do if you display Covid-19 symptoms

Coronavirus , or Covid-19, is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been seen before.

It can affect your lungs and airways, and there are currently more than 82,000 cases worldwide.

So far there have been 2,814 deaths, mostly in China.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate, but the risk to individuals remains low.

People of all ages can get coronavirus, but it is older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions who are more likely to become severely ill.

The symptoms of coronavirus are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath, according to the NHS .

But keep in mind having those symptoms doesn’t mean you have coronavirus, as these are similar symptoms to having other illnesses such as cold and flu.

The death rate is currently around 2%, and there is plenty you can do to survive and avoid catching it.

Here is how to survive coronavirus, and what to do if you display symptoms.

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

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If you do contract coronavirus you will want to help prevent the spread.

The NHS urges people to call 111 if they have:

• Been to the Hubei province in Chine in the last 14 days

• Been to Iran, areas of northern Italy in lockdown, or the special care zone in South Korea since February 19

• To other parts of mainland Chine or South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath

• To other parts of northern Italy, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar since Funerary 19 and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath

• Or been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

If identify with either of these, you are urged not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Should you stay away from people if you have coronavirus?

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The NHS says: “You’ll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you’ve recovered.”

You are urged to stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Don’t go to work, school or public areas and don’t use public transport or taxis.

If you think you have coronavirus ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you.

Also try to avoid visitors to your home, but it’s okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.

In order to help contain the spread of the virus you may have to self-isolate for up to 14 days .

Should you wear a face mask if you have coronavirus?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommend wearing a face mask around other people and pets.

However, the NHS disputes how helpful this would be.

On its website, it says: “Face masks play a very important role in places like hospitals, but there is very little evidence of widespread benefit for members of the public.”

Is there any medicine to help prevent coronavirus?

There are currently no specific medicines to prevent or treat the Covid-19 coronavirus.

However, there are treatments which can help with the symptoms.

The NHS says: “Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness”.

Antibiotics won’t help, as they don’t work against viruses.

How to avoid catching coronavirus:

You can avoid catching or spreading germs by:

• Covering your moth and nose with a tissue or a sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

• Put used tissues in the bin immediately

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• Wash your hands with soap and water often

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