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Coronavirus 19

The NHS and the Public Health Agency are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.


Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptom

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)


Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.




Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.


How long to stay at home

•if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days

•if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms


If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.


If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible



Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.


Social distancing will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus by reducing the social interaction between people.


You should:

•Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus - these symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;

•avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible

•work from home, where possible - your employer should support you to do this.

•avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs

•avoid gatherings with friends and family – keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media

•use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.


Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as possible.