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General Information and Advice

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect the lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. Respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Whilst the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public to moderate, the risk of catching COVID-19 depends on where you live or where you have travelled recently.

What are the symptoms?

The National health Service (NHS) has identified the symptoms as experiencing either:

  • A high temperature—You feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new continuous dry cough—This means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • Shortness of breath (in more severe cases)

Where do I find all the latest advice on symptoms of Covid-19 and precautions for avoiding this disease?

The NHS has advised that most people can continue to go to work and that self-isolation is only to be undertaken if the individual has a continuous cough or high temperature; in this case an individual must stay at home for seven days. We recommend that to avoid information that has not been verified, you seek further advice only from these websites:

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NFRC Toolbox Talk - Coronavirus - Mar 2020 Download our latest Toolbox Talk which covers the latest information on keeping your team safe during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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