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Latest health advice about COVID-19

What to do if you have symptoms and frequently asked questions

Protect yourself and others 

To protect yourself and others you should:

  • 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.

Stop the infection spreading

To help stop coronavirus spreading you should:

  • wash your hands with soap and water 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.

Self isolate if you have symptoms

If you or someone in your household has any of the following symptoms your whole house must self isolate: 

  • a high temperature 
  • a new continuous cough 
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

You should arrange to have a test to see if you have the virus.

You should also consider telling people you have had close contact with in the last 48 hours that you have symptoms. These people not have to self-isolate unless they show symptoms.

You can find more details on coronavirus symptoms on the NHS website.

To self-isolate:

  • everyone in your household must stay at home for 10 days and keep away from others
  • do not go to your GP, hospital or pharmacy
  • go to NHS.UK to check your symptoms and follow the specialist medical advice. Only call NHS 111 if you can't get online or your symptoms worsen.
  • protect older people and those with existing health conditions by avoiding contact.

You can find further guidance on self-isolating on the NHS website.

Look after your health and wellbeing

Everyone will be worried to varying extents about how COVID-19 will affect them and their families. We have a page of resources to help you look after your health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Lewisham COVID-19 Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan

The Lewisham COVID-19 Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan sets out how we will effectively prevent and manage outbreaks of COVID-19.

Read the Lewisham COVID-19 Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan.