Symptoms of COVID-19
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
• a new continuous cough
• a high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
Anyone who lives with a person who has developed any of the symptoms above must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. Stay at home guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
When is a person infectious with coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A person with coronavirus (COVID-19) is thought to be infectious 48 hours before symptoms appear, and up to 10 days after they start displaying symptoms. If someone without symptoms tests positive then PHE estimate their period of infectiousness from 48 hours before the positive test till 10 days after the test result.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
COVID-19 is passed from person to person mainly by large respiratory droplets and direct contact (close unprotected contact, usually less than one metre). These droplets can be directly inhaled by the person or can land on surfaces which another person may touch which can lead to infection if they then touch their nose, mouth or eyes. These are the most important things you can do to protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19):
• follow the government’s rules on social distancing
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available • wash your hands as soon as you get home and before you eat
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
I would like to reassure you that we have regular contact with West Sussex County Council and Public Health England who are ensuring we have the most up-to-date advice and information.
The Department for Education has established a coronavirus telephone helpline 0800 0468687, which is operational 0800-1800 Monday-Friday to answer your queries. You can also email DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest advice and information about the virus and the situation in the UK can be found on:
- the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-forthe-public