COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Most people who contract COVID-19 make a full recovery, but in severe cases the illness can prove fatal.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new coronavirus illness that is easily transmitted between people. COVID-19 appears to affect adults more than children and can have a greater impact on older people with underlying health issues, such as diabetes, obesity and heart and lung conditions.


20 seconds

This is the minimum recommended handwashing time.


The first case of COVID-19 coronavirus was diagnosed in 2019.

1.5 metres

Stay at least 1.5m apart from others to help stop the spread.

14 days

Usually the self-isolation requirement is two full weeks.


All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified healthcare professional.