COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.
The NHS, local authorities, police and fire organisations and third sector and voluntary sector organisations across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are working very hard to support individuals, families, businesses, care homes and all key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
The best way to protect yourself and others from the virus is by following the Government advice – Hands. Face. Space.
- Hands - wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
- Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- Space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
You must not leave home unless necessary. This means avoid all non-essential meetings and interactions. In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meeting others safely.
The coronavirus vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family against the virus. The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill.
Even after you have had the vaccine it is still important to follow the Hands-Face-Space guidance to protect yourself and those around you and follow the current guidance.