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What is COVID-19?


What is COVID-19?

covid-19SARS-coV-2 or COVID-19 is a member of the coronavirus family. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow or using a tissue and disposing correctly).

Within the website there are links to help with training and videos for guidance. Please note that guidance is constantly updating please check on a regular basis.

Please see all government guidance relating to COVID-19

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All care home guidance is produced by national government. In Sandwell, we have not produced any different guidance as guidance changes on a regular basis and increases chance that our guidance will become out of date.

This web page will help you with all things COVID-19 and care homes, please look through it if you haven’t already done so. It gives IPC advice, adult social care information, swabbing and testing. Please be aware this will and does change on a regular basis so bare this in mind.


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