Saint Joseph's Shankill
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.
The main symptoms to look out for are:
If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.
For people who get infected with coronavirus
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect you, it has to get from an infected person's nose or mouth into your eyes, nose or mouth.
It’s important to wash your hands properly and often.
To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) you may need to either restrict your movements or self-isolate.
Restricted movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. You will need to do this if you are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus and you are still well.
Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You will need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
Only people who have symptoms of coronavirus will be tested for the virus.
You will either have your test at a community test centre or in your home.
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. But many of the symptoms of coronavirus can be treated at home. Take any medication you are already taking as usual, unless you are told not to by a healthcare professional.
Most people who catch coronavirus will experience mild symptoms. They should make a full recovery without needing to go to hospital.
If your symptoms get worse and you feel very unwell you may need to go to hospital.
There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus. But we do not think these groups have a higher risk of catching coronavirus. This is similar to other infections such as flu.
When you are pregnant, your body naturally weakens your immune system. This is to help your pregnancy continue successfully. It means that when you are pregnant you may pick up infections more easily.
All pregnant women should get the flu vaccine. This will protect you and your baby from the flu, not from coronavirus.
Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and properly.
Follow this advice to prevent your child from catching or spreading viral infections.
Read this for information on how to care for a child in self-isolation.
You will need to restrict your movements if you return to Ireland from any country.
You should also follow the advice from the Department of Foreign affairs if you are thinking about travelling abroad.
There is no evidence that pets such as cats and dogs can catch or spread coronavirus.
Deaf Irish Sign Language users can get information about coronavirus using Irish Remote Interpreting Service (IRIS).
IRIS is available from 9am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.
This service is for Deaf Irish Sign Language users only.
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