Coronavirus (COVID-19) By HSE, Ireland

Title: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Author: HSE, Ireland

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– Symptoms and causes
– Protect yourself and others
– Testing
– Treatment
– Restricted movements and self-isolation
– People at higher risk from coronavirus
– Cocooning

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • shortness of breath (breathing difficulties)

For people who get infected with coronavirus:

  • 80% will have mild illness and make a full recovery within a few weeks
  • 14% will have a more severe illness
  • 6% will have a critical illness


Phone your GP to be assessed for a coronavirus test if you are in one of these situations:……..

Contact tracing

If you test positive for coronavirus we will ask you about other people you’ve been in close contact with. We will also do this if it is likely that you have coronavirus but have not yet had a test.

This is ‘contact tracing’. The people who do it are ‘contact tracers’.

Read more about contact tracing.


There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. But many of the symptoms of coronavirus can be treated at home….

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.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, 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.

Find contact details for your GP

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