What is a novel coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Are there any cases of the virus in Fylde?

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What is the source of the virus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people.

What can I do to reduce my risk of catching coronavirus?

There are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Are local events in Fylde being cancelled in response to the Coronavirus?

The latest advice is that events do not need to be cancelled as a measure to contain the virus or mitigate the impact of the virus. However, the Council obtains updated advice through the Lancashire Resilience Forum on a regular basis. If any updates require a change in our approach to mitigate the impact of the virus it will be published on this page and communicated across all our normal media channels.

What are the signs and symptoms of this new virus?

The symptoms of this new coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) include fever and respiratory symptoms – including coughing and shortness of breath. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

What should I do if I am returning from abroad?