Up to date public information on COVID-19 - last updated 2 April 2020.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Everyone must stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading and help the NHS save lives.
Only go out when absolutely necessary for essential food, medicine, work or exercise.
These are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus such as:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly.
You are advised to stay at home and not to visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Seek advice using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or if you don’t have internet access call 111. In an emergency call 999. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
How long do you need to stay at home?
- If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got 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.
- If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Please see links below to information, in various formats that is regularly updated:
- General guidance
- Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
As of 16 March 2020, Public Health England has issued revised guidance for households with possible coronavirus infections:
- Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people
As of 16 March 2020, Public Health England has issued revised guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people:
- Guidance on mental health
- Guidance in easy read
- Guidance for people with diabetes
- Guidance in British sign language (videos)
- Guidance in other languages, includes: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, French, Hindi, Kurdish Sorani, Malayalam, Mandarin, Pashto, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese - more languages being added regularly
- Guidance for children