What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. It is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough;
  • difficulty in breathing;
  • fever.

| Take a look at NHS Direct Wales symptom checker here |

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.


Where to look for general advice on keeping yourself and those around you healthy and safe

Government information and advice

Guidance from The World Health Organisation on how to best protect yourself against infection

NHS overview

NHS common questions

Your wellbeing:
Mind (mental health charity) is offering advice around how to help your wellbeing if you are required to self-isolate or worried about the coronavirus and covers the following areas: Plan for staying at home or indoors/ take care of your mental health and wellbeing and a checklist to see if you are ready to stay at home for two weeks.
| Read more here |