What can I do to help?

The single most important thing you can do is follow NHS advice - as of the 8th of April this means staying at home except to buy essentials, exercise, or for a medical reason, and frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds at a time, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

More advice will be issued and should be followed as it is released.

Why should I self-isolate?

The vast majority of people who contract COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms and will not fall seriously ill. However, self-isolation will protect elderly and vulnerable people by reducing their risk of contact with those carrying the virus. This is why you should stay at home at all times, except to buy essentials or exercise once per day, even if your symptoms are not severe. Staying indoors is likely to be challenging and frustrating at times, but doing so is a vitally important part of protecting health in the community.

How should I look after myself?

•    Get plenty of rest
•    Drink plenty of water (fluids) and eat healthily
•    Take paracetamol as advised for pain and fever 
•    Keep in contact with friends and family by phone, video and online

Why aren’t more people being tested?

Vulnerable individuals (including, for example, those in hospital who have pneumonia or acute respiratory illness) will be prioritised in terms of testing. Pressure on the health service can be relieved by testing in this manner, and those most at risk can be treated with greater speed and efficiency.