We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert and follow the latest rules.
Stay alert to control the virus
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms
Continue to stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a 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)
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you might have coronavirus. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Please ONLY call 111 if you cannot get help online.
What to do if you need medical help for another reason
If you need medical help not related to coronavirus:
- For health information and advice, use the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
- For urgent medical help, you can use the NHS 111 website or call NHS 111.
- For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.
Read more advice about getting medical help at home.
Hand washing is key:
Washing hands for 20 seconds is at the heart of an expanded public awareness campaign. It reinforces the importance of washing your hands more often – when you get to work or arrive home, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze, and before you eat or handle food. This should be for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser. You should cough or sneeze into tissues before binning them to also prevent the spread of the virus. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds and whenever you:
- Get home or into work
- Blow your nose, sneeze or cough
- Eat or handle food
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been declared a Level 4 national emergency and with a rapidly changing situation it is important to ensure you keep up-to-date with the latest government information and guidance from official sources via: