17th March 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Keep Wales safe:

  • always observe social distancing
  • wash your hands regularly
  • if you meet another household, outside your extended household, stay outdoors
  • work from home if you can

Stay at home if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.

Statement from the four UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to Coronavirus symptoms 18.5.20


All individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.

“Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

“We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19 and after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure.

“The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.”

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton

Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Gregor Smith

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty

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.

If you have need to stay at home follow our self-isolation advice here: https://bit.ly/3da0zlQ

You should only contact 111 if:

** you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

** your condition gets worse

** your symptoms do not get better after 7 days



Welsh Government coronavirus webpage with links to the latest advice, ministerial statements and announcements – https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Online symptom checker from NHS Direct Wales – https://bit.ly/3aIFf4H

FAQs from the World Health Organisation – https://bit.ly/39HOzWj

Latest public information on the virus from the World Health Organisation – https://bit.ly/2Q3XBoO

Latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – https://bit.ly/3cRKhNY

Information about how the response to the virus is being coordinated across the UK – https://bit.ly/39TpXtG

“Any business affected should contact the Business Wales telephone helpline on 03000 603000.  They can help with practical advice – from staffing to financial planning as well as supply chain support.

“The Development Bank of Wales is also available to help it has equity and loan funding it can make available immediately to otherwise healthy small businesses to them through the cash flow and other challenges they may face in next, difficult, few weeks and months.”