Public Health experts have been giving out a lot of advice to try and stop the virus. We have collated the key for you on this page.
Following the speech from the Prime Minister on March 23rd, everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is seperate advice about:
To help yourself stay well while you're at home visit our self-care page.
If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:
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
If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note, you do not need to get a note from a GP.
This advice is up to date as of 10/04/2020.
How do I protect myself?
1. Wash hands for about 20 seconds with soap and hot water. If there is no soap use hand sanitiser.
2. Use tissue for coughs and sneezes, and put tissue in the bin.
3. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or face with unwashed hands .
5. Avoid close contact with unwell people.
What are the symptoms?
Fever and Tiredness
If you or someone you live with, has a 'new, continuous' cough or a high temperature, you should all stay at home for 14 days.
What should I do if I feel unwell?
If your symptoms get worse or are no better after 7 days, then seek medical advice.
Use the online 111 coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk
You may be tested for the virus at the hospital.
This advice is from NHS England and up to date as of March 2020.