What is the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. The incubation period of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

What are the symptoms of Novel Coronavirus?

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) causes symptoms similar to other respiratory viruses such as the flu.

These may include:

Shortness of breath

Generally, these infections 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. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

How serious is the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

It can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing & difficulty breathing. The infection is not serious and for most people, they can get better with enough rest, water and take medicine for the pain. There is currently no vaccine for the Novel cononavirus.

How can you be infected with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Like the common cold, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection usually occurs through close contact with a person who has the infection. Close contact means being less than 2 metres away from a person with the virus for more than 15 minutes. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

What is the risk to the general public?

At the time of publishing, the risk to the general public is low, unless you have recently returned from a country or region listed on the Public Health Wales website, or have been in close contact with an individual with confirmed Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The latest, most up to date information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at: phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus