Coronavirus update & info from Brighton & Hove’s Healthwatch Team

Gscene Editorial Team February 16, 2020

Healthwatch have shared  information and advice on coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19, that has been prepared by the Public Health team at Brighton and Hove City Council.  We have also included some additional links to further sources of information.

Advice from the NHS continues to be that the risk to individuals remains low.¬† Most people who are infected are likely to fully recover ‚Äď just as they would from a flu.¬†

NHS services are open as usual across Sussex and measures are in place to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

Who to contact

If you have recently travelled from a high-risk area and / or develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do not leave your home and call NHS 111 immediately.

British people travelling and living overseas should check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice website.


The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Useful links

Healthwatch England has created the following page providing up to date information and advice about coronavirus.

A link to a Public Health England blog entitled “What you need to know” can be found¬†here

This is a link to a video clip for children that may be of interest.

The Brighton and Hove City Council webpages are regularly being updated

From the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group can be found here.