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Coronavirus: Health and stay at home advice

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

We must all stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Under government guidance issued on March 23, people of all ages can only leave their homes for four reasons:

  • To shop for basic essentials
  • To do one form of exercise per day
  • For a medical need, or to deliver supplies to a vulnerable person
  • To travel to and from work, but only when this is absolutely necessary

For more information, please read the Government's Staying at home and away from others guidance.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

If you live alone and have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home for 7 days. If you live with others, all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The most common coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)
  • a new, continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read NHS advice about coronavirus

Government guidance for households with a possible coronavirus infection

Prevention advice

You can help prevent the spread of germs and infection by following advice from NHS England.

  • Always carrying tissues with you and use them to catch or cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue and wash your hands or use sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.