What COVID-19 is
Coronaviruses are common across the world and can cause illness in animals or humans. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus, which was unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. More information on the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on the World Health Organisation website.
The latest advice and developments on COVID-19 in Scotland can be found on the Scottish Government website.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature or fever
- a cough (usually dry)
- shortness of breath
If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 24 (111) or go to the NHS Inform website. Do not go directly to your GP, hospital or other healthcare environment.
Preventing spread of infection
- Washing our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover our cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
- Direct staff, volunteers and service users to stay home if they feel unwell, and if they have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.