Coronavirus (Covid-19)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • 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, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

The key new government measures are:

  • Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres

  • Everyone should work from home if they can

  • All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease

  • People should only use the NHS "where we really need to" - and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible

  • By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks"

  • If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days

  • Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"

See Also

Closing Schools

 So far the advice has been that that we should keep schools open to reduce the pressure on the NHS and on other public services. But this has always been a balanced judgement and kept under constant review.  

Self-Isolation

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

Support for Business

• A £330 billion package of loans and guarantees is being provided to support small and medium businesses – that’s worth 15 per cent of our GDP.

• All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will nothave to pay business rates – meaning that none of these.