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Coronavirus: Advice and Guidance image Coronavirus: Advice and Guidance

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. Preventing spread of infection

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • if you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment

if you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment. See further information and the Public Health England Blog

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 acute respiratory disease. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.


2. Symptoms and what to do

You should look for any of the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

If you have any of these symptoms, you should:

  • if it is an emergency, call 999 and tell them which country you have returned from in the last 14 days
  • if you are unwell, but it is not an emergency, call NHS 111 

Whilst you await further advice from NHS 111:

  • avoid contact with others
  • stay at home, do not attend work or school
  • do not travel while sick
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw tissues in the bin
  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available

3. Cleaning shared spaces

If a person becomes ill in a shared space, these should be cleaned using disposable cloths and household detergents. Wash your hands after cleaning.