Coronavirus (COVID-19): overview and advice

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A coronavirus is a type of virus. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It can affect your lungs and airways. Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have either:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

Everyone in your house must stay at home.

For information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus, go to the Public Health Agency website.

Coronavirus app

A new COVID-19 NI information app provides advice and links to vital trusted information, as the situation with the pandemic evolves keep the app up-to-date.

You can download the COVID-19 NI app for both Apple and Android devices using the relevant links below:

COVID-19 NI on Apple app store
COVID-19 NI on Google Play

More information at this link:

COVID-19 NI app

How to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus

There are simple steps that everyone can take to reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Do not

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Primary care COVID-19 centres

A network of new Primary Care Covid-19 centres is being established to help manage the growth of coronavirus cases in the community. Patients will not be able to report directly to these centres without being referred by their GP or out of hours provider.

Coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland

Information on the number of completed tests, confirmed positive cases, and coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths in Northern Ireland is available from the Public Health Agency website.

Northern Ireland Executive support for businesses

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