Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)Published Date: 01 Jul 2020
Last updated: 27 May, 1pm. We aim to update this blog as soon as any new information is made available.
What is the coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect the lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. Most people will have mild symptoms (dry cough, high temperature) and recover quickly. However, the virus is hospitalising some people and causing death in around one in 100 people. Those most likely to become seriously unwell are the elderly and those who are already unwell with other heath conditions. Children and younger adults tend to have much milder symptoms, but those with severe asthma or weakened immune systems could still have serious complications.
Where can I get more information about the coronavirus?
Information about coronavirus is available from:
Information videos on coronavirus in British Sign Language (BSL) are available from:
- NHS Inform Scotland
- NHS Direct Wales
- Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland (videos also available in Irish Sign Language)
The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day and can be used by deaf people who use BSL via the Interpreter Now service. In addition, SignHealth and InterpreterNow have set up an on-demand BSL relay service, called BSL Health Access, for deaf people to use in health settings. Separately, deaf young people can also register to send text messages to 999 in an emergency.
Wider information for families is also available from the UK Governments:
Separately, the Northern Ireland Executive has set up a community helpline, available seven days a week:
- Telephone: 0808 802 0020
- Email: [email protected]
- Text: ACTION to 81025.
Finally, the website for your local authority may also have information about coronavirus and support in your area.