NHS HEALTH INFORMATION AND ADVICE
For the most up to date guidance please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Everyone must stay at home unless absolutely necessary to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms
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 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
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: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online
If you need medical help not related to coronavirus, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
For health information and advice, use the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. Only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online.
For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.
Advice for people at high risk
If you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it. These include:
- not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings
- avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible
Read the full advice on protecting yourself if you’re at high risk from coronavirus on www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Who is at high risk?
- have had an organ transplant
- are having certain types of cancer treatment
- have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
- are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
- are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
If you’re at high risk, you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.
Advice for businesses:
A new business support finder has now been launched so businesses and self employed people across the UK can quickly determine what financial support is available to them.
The following social media accounts are posting the latest factual advice and information
Public Health England: @PHE_UK
Department of Health and Social Care Facebook & Twitter: @DHSCgovuk
NHS Facebook: @NHSwebsite
NHS Twitter: @NHSuk
Sir David Amess MP Twitter: https://twitter.com/amessd_southend