COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have launched a new website for anyone interested in the science of COVID-19. CORONAVIRUS – THE SCIENCE EXPLAINED provides up-to-date explanations of the scientific evidence behind the COVID-19 pandemic.

The content is tailored for non-scientists and links to published and pre-published scientific papers, giving you the facts and research that surrounds the disease. Edited by Professor Chris Dye, a biologist, epidemiologist and public health specialist at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, the website will also help to counteract web disinformation and pseudoscience about the virus. Topics include evidence and facts about the virus, information on how people are infected and the treatment options. You can visit and browse through a selection of articles, with more to be added over the coming weeks.

Developed with the support of the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, and Chief Medical Adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, each article is curated by a team of research scientists working in coronavirus, virus and other relevant related fields at the Universities of Oxford, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Imperial College London, King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The website was made possible thanks to support from the European Bioinformatics Institute which is part of EMBL, Europe's flagship laboratory for the life sciences. The Government Office for Science, Department of Health and Social Care, the National Institute for Health Research and Oxford Martin School are also all supporting this initiative.

Please visit the website and read the articles at:


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