The World Health Organisation has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus which is spreading around the world.
It can make people sick and feel like they have a cold or the flu.
Some people will experience mild symptoms, and others will get very sick very quickly and will need medical help.
- Fever (sweats)
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, please call ahead before visiting your GP or AMS.
For further information and advice, please call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please dial 000.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap/hand sanitiser
- Sneeze/cough into your elbow, and bin used tissues
- Try not to touch face, nose, mouth or eyes
- Clean your work areas daily
- Social distancing - where possible stand 1.5 metres (2 big steps) away from other people
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COVID-19 and Alcohol and other Drugs
Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to cope with worries already in their life.
For people who do have alcohol and other drugs or mental health issues, managing this, plus the uncertainty of the Coronavirus may make coping harder.
If you are finding it hard to cope, we strongly encourage you to contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Line and one of our counsellors can direct you to the most appropriate service.