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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.

Stay alert

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:

High risk people - Advice for staying at home if you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus

Self-isolation - Advice for staying at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus

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

Help us help you get the treatment you need

While everyone is being told to stay at home, it can be hard to know what to do if you're unwell.
  • For help from a GP - use an online service or app, or call the surgery.
  • For urgent medical help - use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you're unable to get help online.
  • For life- threatening emergencies - call 999 for an ambulance.
If you're advised to go to hospital, its important to go.

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:


Further Information


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)

Useful links:

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 23 July 2020



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