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What is the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Novel Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common
across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified
in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. The incubation period of Novel Coronavirus
(COVID-19) is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well
14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) causes symptoms similar to other respiratory viruses such as the flu.
These may include:
Generally, these infections 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. There is no evidence that
children are more affected than other age groups very few cases have
been reported in children.
It can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing & difficulty
breathing. The infection is not serious and for most people, they can get
better with enough rest, water and take medicine for the pain. There is currently
no vaccine for the Novel cononavirus.
Like the common cold, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection usually
occurs through close contact with a person who has the infection. Close contact
means being less than 2 metres away from a person with the virus for more
than 15 minutes. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces
if they do not wash their hands.
At the time of publishing, the risk to the general public is low, unless you have recently returned from a country or region listed on the Public Health Wales website, or have been in close contact with an individual with confirmed Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The latest, most up to date information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at: phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus