Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.
COVID-19 symptoms can include;
- A high temperature or shivering (chills)
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling tired or exhausted
- An aching body
- A headache
- A sore throat
- A blocked or runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling sick or being sick
For most people, their condition generally improves within a few days or weeks after the onset of initial COVID-19 symptoms.
However, for certain vulnerable people, COVID-19 can lead to a more severe illness, and their symptoms may persist for an extended duration.
Flu and other respiratory ailments are common infectious viral illnesses which can be highly contagious.
The main symptoms include a raised temperature, tiredness and general exhaustion, headaches and general aches and pains.
You should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, rest at home and keep warm.
Norovirus, also known as ‘winter vomiting disease’, is highly contagious. It affects people of all ages and can be spread very easily through water, food, air, and direct and indirect contact.
Norovirus symptoms can include:
- Vomiting/projectile vomiting
- A moderate to high temperature
If you have experienced any of these symptoms in the previous two weeks, please do not visit the hospital.
There is no specific treatment for norovirus, but you should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
If you are worried or concerned, use NHS 111 in the first instance for advice.
If you are feeling unwell with COVID-19, flu-like symptoms or diarrhoea or vomiting:
- Please do not visit the hospital until you have been free of symptoms.
- If you have an urgent appointment or it is essential to visit a friend/relative, speak to the department manager or ward sister/manager first.
- Wash and dry your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the bathroom and before touching food. Do not rely on alcohol hand sanitiser alone.
- Do not visit the hospital if you are living in the same household as someone who has symptoms of norovirus or flu.
- Catch it, bin it, kill it — if you have flu-like symptoms, use tissues when you sneeze and to blow your nose, then discard tissues into waste bins immediately. Wash your hands thoroughly after.
Thank you for helping us to keep our patients safe.