We can all help control the spread of the virus by staying alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home as much as you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance from others (2 metres apart)
- Wash your hands regularly
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
For the most up to date information, visit gov.uk/coronavirus
If you think you might have coronavirus
- 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
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 house, 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.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
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 sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
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 is available on the Government's website.
Information for children and young people
The Children's Commissioner has created a guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.
The Association for Young People's Health has created a Covid-19 information page aimed at young people, and those who care for them, on how to look after themselves and others and how to access more support.