Good personal hygiene
- 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
Coughing and sneezing
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly
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. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
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
As COVID-19 spreads, so do all sorts of bizarre and dangerous myths like “the new coronavirus is man-made” or that “handwashing isn't effective”. In the face of an international public health emergency, it's crucial that you get your information in the right places.
Avoid using social media as your main source of news or health advice, especially from accounts, organisations or individuals with no medical qualifications or backing.