COVID-19 (coronavirus) advice and guidance

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.


GOV.UK guidance on social distancing

How to protect yourself

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

The best way to protect yourself and others is to:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often; do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • 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 and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Visit the NHS website for handwashing information in large print, easy read, British Sign Language and Braille.

Mencap has lots of useful Easy Read information about COVID-19 on their website for people with learning difficulties.

What to do if you think you have symptoms

If you have a high temperature or a continuous cough you should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. Read the NHS guidance for staying at home.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you think you have symptoms and cannot cope at home you should contact  NHS 111.

Advice for protecting older people and those at high risk

You can read the governments advice for groups who are at an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

More information

You should follow the NHS and Public Health England guidance if you have any concerns about COVID-19.

You can also read answers to some of the most commonly asked questions on the NHS website.

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