Corona virus (Covid19) causes a new illness mainly affecting the lungs and airways. Most people present with mild symptoms- a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or loss of sense of taste and or smell. Some will also experience difficulty with breathing (shortness of breath), but most of these people will recover after a few weeks.
A few will get severe symptoms and will need medical attention. Older people and those with long-term health conditions or with a weakened immune system are more likely to suffer with worse symptoms. The higher risk groups for severe Corona virus illnesses include almost everyone, but especially those living with dementia. This is due to the struggle with following the guidance for hand washing and social distancing. This may mean that without help to stay safe, someone with dementia may be more likely to risk becoming infected with the virus.