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Advice for everyone - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please check the latest guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Latest guidance on staying alert
The latest guidance is that we must all stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
There is separate advice about:
Pregnancy - If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
How to stop infection spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
What to do if you need medical help
If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.
If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:
- for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
- for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
- for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance
Read more advice about getting medical help at home including repeat prescriptions.
Looking after your health and wellbeing
It is important that you look after yourself while you’re at home. Here are some suggestions on what you can do:
- Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- Try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- Do light exercise at home, or outside once a day
For more tips on how to look after your mental and physical wellbeing, take a look at the links below:
- Every Mind Matters: 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
- Every Mind Matters: How to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home
- Strength and flex exercises you can do at home
Coronavirus easy read leaflet (general information)
Please click here to read our easy read general information leaflet about coronavirus, including what it is and how to avoid becoming unwell.
Coronavirus easy read leaflet shielding poorly people
Please Coronavirus easy read leaflet shielding poorly peopleclick here to read the latest easy read guidance on protecting people who are most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus (shielding)
There has been a lot of information shared on coronavirus in the news and media, not all of which is accurate. For the most up to date and accurate information you should use the following resources:
NHS website for information on the virus and how to prevent it spreading
Public Health England has the most up to date information on the number of cases, the government’s response and how to protect yourself.
Travel advice has been provided by the Government, be sure to read this if you are planning any trips abroad in the near future.
Follow Public Health England on Twitter for the latest advice, facts and figures as they are announced.
Last updated 11 May 2020