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Coronavirus Guidance

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The new advice issued is as follows:


Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

  • Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus
  • This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions
  • You can only leave your home:
  1. to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  2. to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  3. for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  4. to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary


National Guidance

  • Guidance on social distancing and protecting the vulnerable is available here, including translated versions in various languages.
  • Full guidance on staying at home and away from others is available here.  


What to do if you have symptoms

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • 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)

Do not go to a GP surgery, walk-in centre, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.


Further information regarding coronavirus is available in alternative formats below:

Large Print Coronavirus Advice Poster - handwashing

Easy Read Coronavirus Advice Poster - handwashing

General information about Coronavirus and how to stop the spread of it - easy read

Keeping away from other people - new rules from 23rd March - including easy read and translated versions

'Shielding' - advice for people who are most likely to be very poorly if they get Coronavirus - including easy read and translated versions

Coronavirus easy read - advice about coronavirus

Self isolation easy read - a guide for people with coronavirus


Translated stay at home posters 

Stay Home Save Lives_Russian

Stay Home Save Lives_Urdu

Stay Home Save Lives_Punjabi

Stay Home Save Lives_Romanian

Stay Home Save Lives_Polish

Stay Home Save Lives_Romani

Stay Home Save Lives_Gujarati

Stay Home Save Lives_Bengali


Alternative resources for Stay Home, Save Lives

BSL version of Stay at Home Prof Chris Whitty 30s Social/TV Ad (mp4)

BSL version of Stay at Home media animation social film 18s (mp4)

Stay at Home audio/radio ad 40s (mp3)


Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

More information can be found on the NHS website here.

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