What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, is a new illness, a virus, that can affect your lungs and airways.
Continue to 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 three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Other things you can do to stop the infection spreading:
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
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
stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside
Download Public Health England's hand wash large print guide and for a hand wash Easy Read version, download here. You can also download the Easy Read guidance explaining what coronavirus is and advice on what you should do.
For more information visit the Coronavirus page on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The Cabinet Office has published Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do. This includes answers to questions such as “can I drive to green spaces?” and “can I go to the park?”
Coronavirus fact sheet for children: Information for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading is available on the Campaign Resource Centre. This was developed by the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust. They have also made an animation to go with it.
For advice on following the latest government guidance visit the Public Health England website.
Guidance for households with possible infection, staying at home and away from others, and protecting vulnerable people (shielding). Latest PHE guidance can be found here.