What is Covid-19 and Coronavirus?

Covid-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.  It’s caused by a virus called Coronavirus.

Potential symptoms include:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

Clearly these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.  The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

The government is expecting that coronavirus cases in the UK could rise significantly and has reminded everybody of the importance of washing our hands and following good hygiene measures.

If you need to cough or sneeze ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ is still the best way to help to prevent the spread of diseases.

Current situation

As you will be aware, the coronavirus situation is evolving rapidly right across the world and the government is releasing information on a daily basis.  The most recent announcement is that the UK has moved into the ‘delay phase’ of its response to the virus.

There is a lot of news and other sources of information out there and it can often get confusing and difficult to know what is rumour and fact.  It’s important that you keep an eye on the Government and NHS websites for trusted, accurate and timely information.

What is Byker Community Trust doing?

BCT are closely following the official government guidance as it is released and will react quickly to this to plan and deliver our response.

We’ll continue to update this page as new information becomes available, so please keep checking back.

We want to assure you that:

  • We are planning how we will maintain our essential services to customers if the virus escalates and more cases arise
  • We will look to support customers as much as we can with information and advice and will continue to keep our website updated
  • We are developing specific plans for customers who live in our sheltered accommodation and those with greater support needs
  • We are communicating with and supporting our staff on what they need to do to take the necessary actions and precautions to keep everyone safe.