Latest health advice
Protect yourself and others
Stay home, save lives
Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of coronavirus. You should only leave your house for one of four reasons:
- shopping for food and medicine
- one form of exercise
- a medical need
- travelling to and from work, only where this cannot be done from home
Outside you must stay two metres away from other people and washing your hands as soon as you are home.
Self isolate if you have symptoms
If you or someone in your household has any of the following symptoms your whole house must start to self isolate:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
For further details on coronavirus symptoms please see the NHS COVID-19 symptoms web page.
To self isolate:
- everyone in your household must stay at home for 14 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
For further guidance on self isolating please see the NHS self isolation web page.
Stop the infection spreading
- 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
Look after your health and wellbeing
Everyone will be worried to varying extents about how the coronavirus will affect them and their families. Here are a few handy links to resources that provide tips for supporting your wellbeing:
- BBC - How to protect your mental health
- MIND - Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- NHS - Mental wellbeing while staying at home
Social distancing does not mean not speaking to anyone. In fact it is more important than ever to keep in contact with friends or family. Give them a call, send them a message or arrange a video call. There will be many people feeling isolated and lonely. A simple phone call can make a real difference.
Now has never been a better time to read that long book, learn a new language or pick up that instrument you haven’t touched for years. Learning new things, being creative or completing challenges will help us all with a sense of achievement.
Staying active is really important for our wellbeing and can be surprisingly easy too. Whether you are exercising outside or at home, running a 10K or doing the hoovering it all counts!