Protecting yourself and others

Updated 4 June 2020 11.14am

The NHS is giving clear advice on how you can protect yourself and reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (covid-19).

Do

  • follow the government rules on social distancing – stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with when outside your home
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you return after leaving your home
  • 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it’s hard to stay away from people, such as in shops or on public transport

Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • 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)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Read the NHS advice on coronavirus and access the NHS 111 online service

Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you might have coronavirus. Stay at home.

Testing and tracing

Check the NHS advice on testing and tracing