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Covid 19 (Coronavirus)
and First Aid
help in an emergency
999 has been the emergency
services number in the UK
for many years but you can now also call 112 to get help.
112 is the single emergency
telephone number for the European Union. European citizens in distress
situations can call the phone number 112 and get through to the emergency
services wherever they are.
Many accidents happen when
travelling abroad so it is worth remembering that calling 112 can get you
the emergency assistance you need when in the UK
What's the risk of coronavirus in the
The UK Chief Medical Officers
have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
Health professionals are
working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who
What's the risk of coronavirus for
There are some countries and
areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone
See our coronavirus
advice for travellers.
The symptoms of coronavirus
But these 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 coronavirus is
Because it's a new illness, we
do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in
It's very unlikely it can be
spread through things like packages or food.
I need to avoid public places?
Most people can continue to go
to work, school and other public places.
You only need to stay away from
public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus
service or a medical professional.
to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
wash your hands with soap and
water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home
or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water
are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or
your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin straight away
and wash your hands afterwards
to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if
your hands are not clean
Check if you need
NHS 111 has an online
coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise
you what to do.
Use this service if:
think you might have coronavirus
the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk
of coronavirus – see our coronavirus
advice for travellers
been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
the 111 coronavirus service
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
Colds and flu affect 15
million people each year in the UK. Often people make
unnecessary trips to their GP, or call for an Ambulance, when they should
be resting at home. However, flu can be a serious condition for some
people, so it’s important to get advice if you have flu like symptoms.
The advice given
is suitable for adults and children aged 5 years and over. If
your enquiry is for a child under the age of 5,
call NHS Direct on
you are an adult and have symptoms like cold or Flu
try this online checker
all questions fully
and FIRST AID
Every year in the UK, thousands
of people die or are seriously injured in accidents.
Many of these deaths could
have been prevented if First Aid was given at the scene before the
emergency services arrive.
What to do
and first aid - first aid guide
for information on how to
deal with common accidents and emergencies,
choking, poisoning and bleeding.
For detailed information on
how to deal with burns and scalds,
A-Z: treating burns and scalds
If someone is injured in an
- first check that you and the casualty are not in
any danger and,
- if so, make the situation safe
- when safe, assess the casualty and dial 999 or
112 for an ambulance (if necessary)
- carry out basic first aid
For more information, see Accidents
and first aid - what to do after an accident
If they are
unconscious and breathing...
If a person is unconscious
but is breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions, they
should be placed in the recovery
If they are
unconscious and not breathing...
If a person is not breathing
normally after an accident or Incident you should,
call for an ambulance
if you are able
to, start CPR
(mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) straight away