Advice on preventing coronavirus.
Help to stop Coronavirus spreading
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 (meeting people from outside your household, meeting people from outside your household from 4th July)
- keep your distance if you go out (social distancing, staying safe outside your home)
- wash your hands regularly
- Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
For more information, the government have published frequently asked questions outlining what you can and can't do.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards if you can
- wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it's hard to stay away from people, such as on public transport – see staying safe outside your home on GOV.UK
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Public Health England has also created an easy-read guide to self-care during this time available to download in the downloads section
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant the Government is advising you to take social distancing measures as much as you can, and to minimise contact with others outside your household.
Following a review, the Prime Minister, from the 4th July, has also set out where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance which will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations (such as the use of face coverings, increased hygiene or layout changes in premise) which reduce the risk of transmission.
Please refer to the latest updated guidance from Public Health England.
New government advice has been issued on when and where people should wear face coverings.
Members of the public are urged to wear face coverings in certain circumstances, such as enclosed spaces where social distancing may not always be possible. Busy shops or public transport are settings where face coverings would be most effective, according to the advice. From Monday 15 June face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. See gov.uk for further guidance on face coverings.
While face coverings do not protect you from contracting coronavirus, it is aimed at protecting people you come into contact with if you are asymptomatic.
Those exempt from wearing face coverings include children under two, primary aged children who cannot use them without assistance, or those who may have problems breathing while wearing a face covering.
A face covering is made of cloth or other textiles and covers the nose and mouth. You should be able to breathe comfortably through a face covering. You can use also a simple scarf or bandana that ties behind your head or make your own ‘no-sew’ face coverings using the advice available online at gov.uk:
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- Coronavirus 'easy-read' self care guide
- Download (1.36MB - PDF)