Coronavirus: What should you do if you suspect you have the deadly disease?

CORONAVIRUS continues to spread in the UK as the ninth person has been diagnosed with the disease.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 9:02 am
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 9:02 am

The outbreak, which has officially been named as Covid-19, started in Wuhan in China.

It has since spread across the globe with cases in Britain, United States, Japan and many other countries.

The ninth person in the UK to be diagnosed with the disease took an Uber taxi and turned up at a A&E department in London unannounced.

A worker wearing a protective suit reacts in front of an infrared temperature machine in the lobby of the Shanghai Stock Exchange building in Shanghai, China. Picture: (AP Photo)

If you think you have coronavirus, here’s what you should do:

Should I go straight to the doctors?

The NHS is urging people not to go to their GP if they suspect they have Covid-19.

People who think they have the disease are also advised not to go to the hospital.

On its website the NHS advises that you should call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.

Do I need to isolate myself if I think I have the disease?

If there's a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to isolate yourself.

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This means that for 14 days after returning from China or other specified areas, you should:

- stay at home

- not go to work, school or public areas

- not use public transport or taxis

- ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you

- try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

While the risk to people in the UK is low, these steps can help reduce the possible spread of infection.

What symptoms should I look out for?

However the NHS says that the main ones to watch out for are:

- a cough

- a high temperature

- shortness of breath

What treatment is there for coronavirus?

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection.