Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

We can all help control the virus if we all follow the latest rules.

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

For more guidance on what you can and can’t do please visit the Government Coronavirus website.

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

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test and should do so as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. To find out more and to book at test please click here or call 119.  Please do not call 111, 999 or visit A&E to get a test.

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