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Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published Date: 01 Jul 2020

What is the coronavirus?

COVID-19 is an 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. 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:

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. Separately, deaf young people can also register to send text messages to 999 in an emergency.

Finally, the website for your local authority may also have information about coronavirus and support in your area.