COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

For the latest health information and advice, visit nhs.uk/coronavirus


Self Isolation 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms 

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Read the NHS advice about staying at home: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/


How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Watch our video about the best way to wash your hands
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • Use the 111 online coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ – only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Turning challenge into camaraderie

Councillor Bev Craig, Manchester’s Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing, has written a blog saying that how we act in a time of need is a mark of how we act as a city. 

She urges all to act responsibly, listen to advice, and most importantly to look out for each other. Read more


Helpful links

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UK government response: gov.uk/coronavirus

Government travel advice: gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Guidance for employers and businesses: gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 

Help with debt, bills and borrowing: manchester.gov.uk/helpinghands

NHS advice and information: nhs.uk/coronavirus


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