About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
20 April 2020: This is the most recent information to date and will be updated as and when further guidance is received from Health Protection Scotland and the NHS.
Coronavirus is the illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus first identified in China. It can cause a cough and/or a fever/high temperature.
Generally, coronavirus 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.
This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
The most common symptoms of coronavirus are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature.
A new continuous cough is where you
- have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
- have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
- are coughing more than usual
A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.
Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice can be found on NHS Inform.