The first ever case of a person testing positive for coronavirus is from Swansea.
This news announced on Friday morning indicates that a total number of coronavirus cases in the UK are now 19.
Six other cases were confirmed Thursday and Friday, including the first in Wales and Northern Ireland.
What does this mean for people living in Swansea?
This is the public health advice that addresses your questions about the coronavirus and what you should do.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
The symptoms of coronavirus are very similar to diseases such as colds and flu. According to the NHS the main symptoms are:
- a cough
- high temperature
- shortness of breath
It is important to remember that having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have the disease. Ailments like colds or flu are much more common.
According to the World Health Organization, some patients may experience aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are generally mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and do not feel bad.
Most people (around 80%) recover from the disease without requiring special care. Follow this link for more information on coronavirus and the most affected areas.
How can you get infectedcoronavirus?
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person who has the infection.
Close contact means being less than 2 meters from a person with the virus for more than 15 minutes.
A person can also become infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
How can I help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus novel?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent new coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus through good hygiene.
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Novel Coronavirus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are not well
- If you feel unwell, stay home and do not attend work or school
- Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the basket and immediately wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently touched in the home and work environment
Should you travel to coronavirus-affected areas?
No. The Office of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has warned against all travel in Wuhan province .
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not recommend almost all essential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea .
The FCO also advises against it almost all essential trips to 10 small Italian cities in Lombardy (Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano) and one in Veneto (Vo ’Euganeo).
You can consult individual advice for countries here.
What is the risk for the general public?
The risk to the public is low, unless you have recently returned from a country or region affected by coronavirus or have been in close contact with an individual with confirmed Coronavirus.
Can I get Coronavirus from China post / parcel?
The virus does not survive well outside the body and is therefore highly unlikely to spread through mail or parcels.
Can I get coronavirus from food / takeaway?
It is highly unlikely that the new coronavirus can spread through food because the virus does not survive on surfaces or in food. However, it is good hygiene practice to always wash your hands or use a disinfectant before eating.
Do I have to wear a mask?
It is not necessary to wear a mask if you are comfortable.
Do I have to send my children to school?
If a confirmed case occurs in an educational setting, the local health protection team will advise and collaborate with the principal, the principal and the management team of that environment.
Outside of what are called close contacts, the rest of the school does not need to take precautions or make changes to its activities by attending school or working as usual unless they feel bad.
In case of malaise, they will be evaluated as a suspect case according to their symptoms.
This advice applies to teaching staff and children from the rest of the class who are not part of a close friendship group or to children who undertake group work.
The decision as to whether pupils, students and staff fall into this contact group or the closest contact group will be made between the health protection group, the educational environment and (if they are old enough) the student.
Should you go to work or school if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been to an affected area?
If you have been to the affected areas you should NOT go to public places.
Instead, you should call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
If you haven’t been to these places or been close to an infected person, you’re more likely to have the flu or a cold.
Can I attend mass meetings?
Unless you have recently returned from a country or region on this list or have been in close contact with an individual with Coronavirus confirmed novel, you can attend mass meetings.
All individuals who have been asked to self-isolate have received a guide, which includes advice not to attend public events.