How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

The NHS website has more information about how you can avoid catching or spreading coronavirus.

The main way to avoid the spread is to wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds and always wash your hands when you get home or into work. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Stay at home

You must stay at home apart from essential travel. The exceptions are shopping for basic necessities, one form of daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from essential work. You should stay at least 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Visit the NHS website for stay at home advice if you have coronavirus symptoms.

The GOV.UK website provides guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, including information on cleaning and the disposal of waste.

The guidance is available in a variety of formats and languages:


Government response and action plan

COVID-19 guidance for health professionals and other organisations

These pages contain Information on COVID-19 including guidance for professionals helping people in education, transport and other sectors.

COVID-19 guidance for clinicians

These pages have links to the up-to-date guidance healthcare professionals need to respond to COVID-19.

Public information materials

You can find some of the key public information materials from Public Health England below, in a variety of formats:

Government coronavirus information service on Whatsapp

The UK Government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.
To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to this number to get started.
A set of options is then presented which the user can choose from.  By replying with the relevant option number you will be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information.

Screenshot of Government's WhatsApp coronavirus information service on an iphone

Screenshot of Government’s WhatsApp coronavirus information service in action

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