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Where to find information and advice about Coronavirus

14 February 2020

You will have seen a lot in the media recently about a new strain of Coronavirus (Covid-19) which originated in Wuhan City, China.

Generally, coronavirus 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. The majority of cases are mild.

Despite high levels of media reporting, the risk to individuals remains low with just nine positive tests for Coronavirus so far in the UK.

As with any virus, there are simple steps you can take to prevent it spreading. This includes using tissues to catch coughs and sneezes, washing your hands and binning used tissues.

Public Health England are leading on the management of suspected cases and in the event of positive testing, will give advice to any settings that could be connected with the individual.

Derbyshire County Council’s Public Health department is leading on the local authority’s response and is working with NHS partners to provide information about where to go for information and advice.

The website has the latest, up-to-date information about the virus, including details of symptoms and the affected countries.

If you’ve travelled to one of the affected counties within the last 14 days and believe you have coronavirus symptoms, please contact your GP practice or call 111.