Latest information on Coronavirus

Read the latest advice and information from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus.
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For the most up to date information about COVID-19 be sure to check Gov.uk. 

Correct as of 19/05/2020 08:30am

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 

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. 

Read more about what you can and cannot do

If you think you might have coronavirus 

Symptoms 

  • A high temperature 
  • A new, continuous cough 
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have these symptoms 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should stay at home and self-isolate. 

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. 

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Read the NHS advice about staying at home

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days 

Use the 111 coronavirus service 

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus 

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should stay home and self isolate. What this means is you should not leave your houe, even to do shopping, to avoid spreading the virus. If you live alone, you should stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, then you must stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. However, everyone else in the household who is well must stay at home and not leave for 14 days.

For more information about when to self-isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website. 

Find out more 

How to avoid catching or spreading germs 

Do: 

  • 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 straight away. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - use hand sanitser gel if soap and water are not available. 
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. 

Don't:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. 
Hand washing: how to wash your hands properly

Advice for people at high risk 

If you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it. These include:

  • Not leaving your home - you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings
  • Avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible 

For the full list of people who are considered high risk visit the Government website.

Find out more 

Further information 

NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel. 

NHS common questions

Other places for information:

Getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available on the Government's website. 

Find out more 

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