Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd April 2020.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department’s advice for covid-19 and the 2009 H1N1 swine flu outbreak differs.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Initial symptoms of H1N1 swine flu and COVID-19 are very similar, so laboratory tests are required to confirm the nature of the disease.

The advice to protect against H1N1 swine flu is to get vaccinated as there is a suitable vaccination available on the market. While United Kingdom scientists have started testing a new vaccine for COVID-19, to date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat it. People are advised to follow guidance set out at the following link:

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