Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  It takes around 5-6 days on average for people infected with the virus to show symptoms, however, it may even take up to 14 days. 

Mild to moderate symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of taste or smell

Less common symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin rash or discolouration of fingers or toes
  • Red or irritated eyes

Serious symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Speech difficulties
  • Chest pain
  • confusion

Most people recover without the need of hospitalization, however some people develop serious symptoms and require medical attention, especially when it comes to older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions such as chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.  Still, anyone of any age can get infected with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die.

The virus can spread as large respiratory droplet or small aerosols from an infected person’s mouth or nose when they breathe, speak, cough, sneeze or sing. 

It is thus imperative to prevent or slow down the transmission of the disease by following local guidance. It is important to practice respiratory etiquette, for example by coughing into a flexed elbow, and to stay home and self-isolate until you recover if you feel unwell.

Information for Physiotherapists:

Courses for Physiotherapists:

A programme of courses to help you to play a proactive role in reducing the impact of this pandemic: