Coronavirus UK update: Symptoms include sore throat and fever |

Coronavirus is being met with ferocity by the UK government, with Prime Minister Boris announcing on Friday that all cafes, pubs and restaurants must close in the UK until further notice. To soften the ensuing blow to businesses up and down the country, the government has announced a major fiscal boost to cover the wages of 80 percent of the population. The focus on the economic strategy should not sideline the effort to understand more about the impact of the virus on the human body, however.

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One useful account of how the virus impacts the body has been put forward by Louise Katz, 51, who believes she and her husband Stephen, 56, contracted Covid-19 on holiday in Italy last month.

The psychology teacher and doctoral researcher at Derby University had gone with her husband to the Venice Carnival on February 7 for four days.

It was not until later it was announced that Italy had become a ravaged region for the virus.

Speaking to StrokeonTrentLive, Louise detailed how the virus developed.

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Holidaying Brit in Italy developed a sore throat after returning back to UK

Coronavirus symptoms: Holidaying Brit in Italy developed a sore throat after returning back to UK (Image: Getty Images )

She said: “We didn’t have symptoms until a week after we returned.

“I had a sore throat, but nothing major so I wasn’t taking any medication.

“The aches started a day or two afterwards and it really hurt. It was in my hands and arms and feet – my calves were horrendous.

“It came out differently with my husband. He was sweating, he had the sore throat but he didn’t have the aches.”

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The Brit said her fever shot up to as high as high as 39 celsius (102.2 fahrenheit) and intensified periodically.

She concluded: “It really wipes you out. It’s not like a cold or a flu where you bounce back quickly.”

Public Health England (PHE) has issued important steps to follow while self-isolating at home.

First and foremost, if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for seven days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

Patient experienced periodic bouts of high fever

Coronavirus symptoms: Patient experienced periodic bouts of high fever (Image: Getty Images )

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The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill, explains the health site.

“For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for seven days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period,” said the health body.

Why is this advice so critical?

It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already, says PHE.

It adds: “Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.”

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Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water

Protective measures: Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water (Image: Getty Images )

The most important measure to protect others against the pathogen is to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser.

According to the NHS, if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after seven days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111.

For a medical emergency dial 999.