National COVID-19 information and advice

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There is lots of information available nationally about the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you think you have symptoms

Stay at home for 10 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

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.

Testing for coronavirus is now available to everyone in the UK. See the 'testing' section below to find out more about this.

Read more advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice

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

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

COVID-19 and your health

If you would like more information about coronavirus, symptoms and information on how to self-isolate, visit the NHS England website.

You can also find the latest guidance from the government on the government website.

It is very important to look after your mental wellbeing at this time. Public Health England has released advice for during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the Every Mind Matters webpage for more information.

If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists.

It can be difficult to explain to children what coronavirus is and why the current measures are in place. This fact sheet for children can help you to communicate with youngsters. Childrens Coronavirus Fact Sheet.

You can find information in alternative formats and languages in the ‘useful resources’ section below.