Information on coronavirus

Read the latest advice and information from the Government and Public Health England about the coronavirus.

For the most up to date information about Covid-19 be sure to check gov.uk/coronavirus

What you can and can't do 

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

Find out more about what you can and can't do including information about travel restrictions, who you're allowed to meet with and what shops and business can now open.

If you do go outside or meet with others, remember that it's still important to social distance.

What you can and can't do - FAQs

If you think you might have coronavirus

Symptoms include:

  • 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 for 10 days from when your symptoms start.

This means you should not leave your house, even to do shopping, to avoid spreading the virus.

If you live with someone with symptoms, you will need to stay at home for 14 days. 

Full stay at home guidance is available on the Government website. 

Stay at home guidance

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 sanitiser 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.

Easy read information on coronavirus

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Getting help from the NHS during coronavirus - easy read

Advice for people at high risk

The Government has updated guidance on shielding and protecting the clinically extremely vulnerable. 

The introduction of new measures such as the rule of 6, Covid-secure workplaces and the use of face coverings has reduced the need to follow shielding advice, and is now based on the local Covid alert level in your area. 

Find out more

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.

Find out more

When to wear a face covering

For the latest advice on where you need to wear a face covering and how to make your own, click the link below.

Read more

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to and some people are exempt from wearing them. 

Find out more

Information for children and young people

The Children's Commissioner has created a guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, telling children how to stay safe and protect other people.

Read more

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.

Find out more

Further information

NHS England has 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. 

Common questions

Other places for information:

Staying safe during the coronavirus outbreak - in 8 languages

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