COVID-19 (coronavirus) - the latest

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.

More information

Please see links below to information, in various formats that is regularly updated: 

  • General guidance

NHS website 

  • 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:

Government stay at home guidance

  • 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:

Government guidance on social distancing 

  • Guidance on mental health 

Government guidance on mental health and wellbeing

Every Mind Matters 

  • Guidance in easy read

Easy read online 

  • Guidance for people with diabetes

Know diabetes 

  • Guidance in British sign language (videos)

Sign health

BTM Projects 

Essential advice

Home isolation

How to use the NHS

Spot the signs

Don't touch your face

  • 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 

Government stay at home guidance

Doctors of the world

  • Guidance for children 



Supporting children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19 outbreak