Chloe has a cough

Chloe has had a little cough since Wednesday, I haven’t thought much of it until today.

The government has issued guidance that anybody with a new and persistent cough should stay at home in ‘self-isolation’ for seven days. It’s one of the signs of Coronavirus and there’s a chance you could have it, and spread it.

There have been a few cases of the virus found in the UK, from people who have travelled abroad and brought it in with them. The first case of it being transmitted to somebody in the UK that hasn’t been abroad was on 28 February, so it’s now spreading around the population.

The government have decided not to test everybody with symptoms, there aren’t enough tests available and it isn’t seen as necessary. If you have the virus you have to stay at home, if you have symptoms you have to stay at home, so there’s no benefit of testing everyone with a cough or a temperature. Also, if you test negative then you could go about your business thinking your cough is just an ordinary, everyday cough, but then catch the virus and spread it thinking you’re ok because you’ve been tested. Other countries are testing everybody with symptoms, the World Health Organisation is encouraging mass testing, but the UK’s approach seems rational, even though not everybody agrees.