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Prevent the spread of the virus

You can prevent the spread of viruses by: 

Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)

You should:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Government guidance:  Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)

Easy read guides for the new Government rules about staying at home and self isolating

Good hygiene and washing your hands often

  • Covering your mouth – cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeves. If you cough into your hands ensure you wash them as soon as possible.  
  • Using disposable tissues and putting them in the bin immediately after 
  • Wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Trying not to pass it on by avoiding close contact with people who are unwell
  • Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

The common symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a cough
  • shortness of breath

If you are suffering with any of the above symptoms it does not necessarily mean you have the illness. It could be related to other illnesses, such as a cold and flu. 

All information to find out whether you need to be tested for coronavirus can be found on the NHS common questions page


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