Published Friday, 28 February 2020
The UK Chief Medical Officer has confirmed that one further patient has tested positive for COVID-19 infection today (28 February 2020) bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 20.
One of the latest cases is a resident of Surrey and Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with NHS colleagues and Surrey County Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.
PHE is contacting people who may have had close contact with the confirmed case.
Based on current evidence, Coronavirus COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do on the Government’s website.
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues in the bin straight away. Remember: catch it, bin it, kill it
· wash your hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
· do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP.