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The signs of COVID-19, the infection caused by the corona virus, are often mild and are very similar to a cold, flu or breast infection.

Typical symptoms of infection are fever, cough and shortness of breath or breathing problems.

These are common complaints at this time of year, so where someone has traveled or contacted them is important to determine if they have a corona virus.

The NHS regards people as a risk if they have the above symptoms and have recently traveled to mainland China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or the north of Italy (north of Pisa and Florence).

People who have been to Hubei Province in China, Iran, the South Korean cities of Daegu or Cheongdo in South Korea or one of the 11 quarantined cities in Northern Italy in the last two weeks are considered to be in danger even if they feel good.

The 11 cities in Italy are Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo, San Fiorano and Vo ‘Euganeo.

Those who have come into contact with others who have visited those places and then feel sick may also be at risk.

People who fit into one of the above categories should stay at home and isolate themselves, away from other people, and call NHS 111 for more advice. If you think you have the corona virus, do not go to the doctor or the hospital.

The virus can spread through coughing, sneezing or being close to someone for a long time.

To protect themselves, people must cough and sneeze into a tissue and throw it away, wash their hands, and avoid contact with sick people.

Source: NHS