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COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection


If you have tested positive for coronavirus or have symptoms you will need to self-isolate. No one in your household should leave home if any person has symptoms. By taking some simple steps you can avoid passing on the virus to the people you live with.


Get tested if you have symptoms

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate symptoms and will recover at home without needing to visit a hospital or other medical setting.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Stay Alert

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.

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NHS Test and Trace

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can ask for a free test to check if they have the virus.   If you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • Or new continuous cough
  • Or loss of taste or smell

You can order a test here

At Risk Groups

Further information on people who are more at risk

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

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