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Symptoms
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Jul 2014
E-cigarettes are 'less harmful than ordinary cigarettes
E-cigarettes cause less harm than smoking tobacco to users and bystanders, a major scientific review has concluded. Although the long-term health effects are unknown, current evidence does not justify regulating them more strictly than conventional cigarettes – or even as strictly. The review, carried out by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), says health workers should support smokers who want to reduce their use of tobacco by switching to electronic cigarettes. Around 1.3million Britons use battery-powered e-cigarettes. The devices work by converting liquid nicotine into a mist, allowing users to inhale the drug while avoiding the harm caused by tobacco smoke. Professor Peter Hajek, of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at QMUL, said: ‘The evidence we currently have is clear: e-cigarettes should be allowed to compete against conventional cigarettes in the marketplace. Around 1.3m Britons use e-cigarettes The devices work by converting liquid nicotine into a mist, allowing users to inhale the drug while avoiding the harm caused by tobacco smoke. Some countries, including Norway, Singapore and Brazil, have banned them altogether. In Wales, health legislators are consulting on plans to make it the first part of the UK to ban e-cigarettes in enclosed public places. The UK’s drug watchdog has decided they must be regulated as medicines to make the products ‘safer and more effective’ but this won’t happen until 2016. E-cigarettes are thought to be healthier than normal smoking because they do not contain tobacco and other carcinogens found in cigarettes. But some experts have since expressed concerns about certain chemicals contained in the liquid, notably the compound propylene glycol. The scientific review, conducted by an international team of leading tobacco researchers and published in the journal Addiction, looked at 81 studies of e-cigarettes (EC) presenting original data that could guide regulatory decisions. It found the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not known. ‘However, based on the data available regarding the toxicant content of EC liquid and aerosols, long-term use of EC, compared to smoking, is likely to be much less, if at all, harmful to users or bystanders’ says the report. It also finds there is no evidence to back the claim by critics that e-cigarettes act as a ‘gateway’ to smoking in young people. In fact, there has been a drop in children becoming smokers at the same time that e-cigarette sales have grown, says the report. Yet many doctors want tighter regulations on e-cigarettes, according to a new poll from online network Doctors.net.uk. The poll, conducted among 525 primary care and hospital doctors, found that one in seven asked said e-cigarettes should be prescription-only – while one in six did not think e-cigarettes should be on the market at all.
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