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26-May-2020

Coronavirus Guidance

Coronavirus  Guidance

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

How many cases do we have in the UK?

As of 9am on 25 May, there have been 3,532,634 tests, with 73,726 tests on 24 May.

261,184 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 24 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 36,914 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals.

For further details and a breakdown of the figures click here

Public Health England updates a daily dashboard, to show trends in UK data on positive tests and deaths and to provide confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region in England.

Stay at home as much as possible

To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should try to avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with.

It's very important to stay at home as much as possible.

There are only a few specific reasons to leave your home, including:

  • for work, if you cannot work from home
  • going to shops to get things like food and medicine, or to collect things you've ordered
  • to exercise or spend time outdoors
  • for any medical reason, to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, provide care or help a vulnerable person

When outside your home, it's important to try to stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with.

For more about when you can leave your home, see:

How to stop the infection spreading

There are also other things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and other people getting ill with coronavirus.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Watch the NHS how to on handwashing https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU
  • 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

 Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms?

Do not leave your home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does.

If you are self-isolating, you must:

  • not leave your home for any reason, other than to exercise once a day – but stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people
  • not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
  • You can use your garden, if you have one.

For further details on self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/  

There is separate advice:

Looking after your health and wellbeing

To help yourself stay well while you're at home:

 

What to do if you need medical help

While everyone is being told to stay at home, it can be hard to know what to do if you're unwell.

It's still important to get medical help if you need it, especially if you feel very unwell or think there's something seriously wrong.

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
  • If you need to contact a GP, use the GP surgery's website, use an online service or app, or call the surgery.
  • For urgent medical help, use the regular NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you're unable to get help online.
  • For life-threatening emergencies call 999 for an ambulance.

If you're advised to go to hospital, it's important to go. Keep going to any appointments you usually have, unless you're told not to.

Read about how to get medical help from home.