Most people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the disease and how the virus spreads. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn and follow local guidance.
The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols. It is important to practice respiratory etiquette, for example by coughing into a flexed elbow, and to stay home and self-isolate until you recover if you feel unwell.
For further information:
People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 – GOV.UK
COVID-19 supplement to the infection prevention and control resource for adult social care – GOV.UK
COVID-19 testing in adult social care – GOV.UK
PPE guide for non-aerosol generating procedures – GOV.UK
COVID-19: personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures – GOV.UK