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Cornwall urged to know advice on coronavirus

Cornwall urged to know advice on coronavirus

Published by Emma Carton at 7:28am 4th March 2020. (Updated at 9:11am 6th March 2020)

NHS Kernow is urging people in Cornwall to know the advice on coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases in the UK rises.

Pirate FM told you how two of those are in Devon, including a school student who had recently travelled to northern Italy.

On Wednesday, a further two cases had been confirmed in Scotland.

As of Tuesday 4th March, there were no confirmed cases in Cornwall.

However over the last few weeks, several schools in the Duchy urged pupils returning from half-term ski trips to self-isolate as a precaution.

Now a day after the government published its so-called battle plan on COVID-19, new adverts are being launched with advice like wash your hands regularly: Read More.

Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered

What is coronavirus?

When you hear about coronavirus on the news, it's likely they are talking about COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Advice on the NHS website says the symptoms of coronavirus are the following:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath
  • However, the above symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How is coronavirus spread and how can I stop that?

The NHS says it is not yet known exactly how coronavirus is spread from person to person, mainly down to the fact of how new it is.

However, viruses of a similar nature are ofter spread via small droplets from coughing.

NHS advice says: "It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

"Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long".


You can read all the NHS advice on coronavirus here.

Watch the new government adverts with all the latest advice...

How many cases are there in the UK?

Public Health England said that, as of 3rd March, a total of 13,911 people had been tested in the UK, of which 13,860 were confirmed negative and 51 positive.

That meant that there are 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK.

However on Wednesday 4th March, a further two were confirmed in Scotland, taking the total to 53.

Two of the cases are in Devon.

Churston Ferrers Grammar School confirmed that one of those is a student who had travelled to northern Italy.

There are no confirmed cases in Cornwall however last week, several schools took precautions by urging students returning from half-term ski trips to 'self-isolate'.

What is the risk to the UK?

Currently the risk to the public in the UK is moderate.

It comes after the UK Chief Medical Officer, Chris Witty, raised the risk level at the end of January: Read More.

However, on Tuesday 3rd March, NHS England declared its highest level of alert - or Level 4.

What else do I need to know about coronavirus?

The situation both around the world and in the UK is fast moving, the NHS and Public Health England are updating their advice all the time.

On 3rd March the UK government published their coronavirus action plan.

You can find the latest information on the NHS website and from Public Health England.

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