Latest information about Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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

The NHS in Sefton 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.

 

 

 

Latest updates

The latest national updates on corona virus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: gov.uk/coronavirus 

The latest NHS advice for the public is available here: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Guidance

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home


If you have coronavirus symptoms

The two most common symptoms to look out for are:

  • 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)

Read the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. 

 

When should I contact NHS 111?

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

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • 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

  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

  • only travel on public transport if you need to

  • work from home, if you can

  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas

  • avoid events with large groups of people

  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Don't

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

  • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

     

Government response and action plan


Alternative formats and translations - coronavirus advice and hand washing guides

Translations

Click here for COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people translated in to Arabic, Bengali, traditional Chinese - Cantonese, simplified Chinese - Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.

British Sign Language

Click here for regular videos of government advice and guidance in British Sign Language from SignHealth, deaf health charity. 

Click here to access a British Sign Language hand washing guide. 

Easy read

Click here to access an easy read hand washing guide. 

Large print

Click here to access a large print hand washing guide 

Audio

Click here to access an audio version of the hand washing guide. 

Braille

Braille versions can be ordered from partnerships@phe.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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