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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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Feb 2014
Just one cigarette a day trebles heart risk
Just one cigarette a day trebles heart risk: Britain's 1.1million 'social' smokers warned of dangers to their health Researchers from the British Heart Foundation say smoking between one and four cigarettes a day increased the risk of heart disease Findings should be a warning to 1.1million 'part time' smokers, say doctors Study was commissioned by the charity to mark No Smoking Day Risk: Being a 'social' smoker puts you three times more at risk of dying from heart disease, doctors have warned Just one cigarette a day can triple the risk compared with people who never smoked, says the British Heart Foundation (BHF). They say the research should be a warning to the 1.1million ‘part time’ smokers in the UK who are ‘fooling themselves’ over their health. Researchers found smoking between one and four cigarettes a day significantly increased the rate of heart disease, and deaths from all causes. Lung cancer rates also went up in women who were smoking at least one cigarette a day, says the research commissioned by the charity to mark No Smoking Day. Yet only a quarter of part-time smokers are worried about harming their health despite getting through an average 37 cigarettes a week. Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director of the BHF, said Britain’s 1.1million part-time smokers are fooling themselves if they think the health risks don’t apply to them. He said ‘This research shows that many part-time and social smokers are still smoking enough every week to put their lives on the line. We need people to face-up the deadly risk they’re taking from social or part-time smoking. 'I'm trying to give up smoking again as I eventually want a family': Sophie Anderton under the microscope 'When I heard the word cancer, I thought I would die': Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry on her skin cancer diagnosis - and the agony of surgery. Amazing scans show how cancer patient's 70 lethal tumours disappeared in just 12 weeks thanks to pioneering drug ‘There is no safe level for smoking - the evidence is unequivocal - and I was surprised at the effect. ‘Most of the research has been done on heavier smokers but when you look for the data it’s there.’ The research, carried out by world leading smoking expert Professor Robert West of University College London, is the first to look at the myths surrounding non-daily smoking. Costly: An average part-time smoker spends almost £800 on cigarettes every year The BHF estimate there are 1.1 million part-time or social smokers in the UK who give a range of excuses for smoking despite not reaching for a cigarette every day. More than one in three believe it’s a stress-buster while almost one in five find it helps them socialise, says the study of 3,525 non-daily smokers. Just one in seven part-time smokers say they feel addicted to cigarettes, compared to more than one in three (38per cent) daily smokers. Stub it out: Those wanting to quit smoking can get free professional advice through the NHS Despite the increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke from passive smoking, less than one in six (15per cent) of part-time smokers expressed concern about smoking harming their family. An average part-time smoker spends almost £800 on cigarettes every year. Professor West said: ‘The truth is that everyone who smokes can benefit from stopping - even if they don’t smoke every day. ‘The science of stopping tells us that there is no single method that works for everyone but there are things that will make lasting success more likely. ‘That includes getting free professional advice from a trained stop-smoking advisor through the NHS.’ Jenny Hall, 28, a market researcher from London, has been a part-time smoker since she was 13-years-old. She said ‘Some weeks I smoke two or three cigarettes a day but I can go also for a whole week without lighting up at all. I don’t smoke at home as it tends to be centred mostly on social arrangements. ‘I’ve never felt like I smoke enough to worry about the impact on my health and I’ve always told myself that I’ll give up at some point in the future when I’m pregnant. ‘It surprised me to hear about the heart health risk as I’ve always linked smoking to cancer and that’s not something I worry about right now. The research has definitely made me think twice about how much I smoke.’ Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said ‘Smoking is a major cause of premature death, with one in two smokers dying prematurely from smoking related diseases. It is extremely worrying that people still underestimate the harm it can cause to their health - even if you are only smoking a few cigarettes a day. ‘The first day without cigarettes is often the hardest, which is why on No Smoking Day we are giving smokers thinking about quitting support and motivation through ‘One Day Quit’, to help them through their first 24 hours smokefree.'
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