National COVID-19 advice



COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Symptoms

  • High temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

If you have any of these symptoms please:

  • Stay at home
    • if you have risks you'll need to stay at home for 7 days
    • if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
    • if you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • Avoid going to public places to protect others.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus

Do
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
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
avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
only travel on public transport if you need to
work from home, if you can
avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
avoid events with large groups of people
use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
Don't
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

How to wash your hands


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