Coronavirus Information

We're working with health colleagues and partners to make sure that the people of Harborough District are kept well informed with the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) information.

There is a lot of advice and information on the Government Website and the NHS website. These are being updated regularly and include information about symptoms, social distancing, self-isolation and shielding vulnerable people.

In addition, the Government has published its action plan for responding to the outbreak.

More about Coronavirus

Coronavirus are a group of viruses common across the world which can induce typical symptoms of fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second
  • If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. This is particularly important after taking public transport. (NB Hand sanitisers are not that effective on already dirty hands)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, ideally try to maintain 2 metres distance
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment, domestic chemicals are suitable for this.
  • If you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or another healthcare environment

The common symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a cough
  • shortness of breath
  • loss or change in normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

You can check if you have Coronavirus symptoms on the NHS 111 website.

There is also a youtube video from the NHS giving a demonstration on how to wash your hands.