People with potential symptoms of coronavirus are being asked to share them online to help the NHS coordinate its response to the outbreak.

The Coronavirus Status Checker will build up additional data on the pandemic, with people with potential symptoms such as a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, encouraged to complete the checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience.

It is available at NHS - Coronavirus Status Checker. Users are told clearly at the beginning and the end of the survey that it is not a triage or clinical advice tool, and that they should visit NHS 111 for medical advice about their symptoms.

The information gathered will help the NHS plan its response to the outbreak, indicating when and where more resources like oxygen, ventilators and additional staff might be needed, and will provide valuable insight into the development and progression of the virus across the country.

John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: "I would encourage anyone who has experienced symptoms of coronavirus, either now or in the last few weeks, to complete the Coronavirus Status Checker, which will help the NHS to better allocate resources where they are needed most.

"In the meantime, I would like to remind everyone to continue to follow the Government guidance around social distancing to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, and to stay home, protect the NHS and help save lives."

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at NHS - Advice for everyone.   

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit Stay Safe, Be Kind.