Government and NHS guidance

This page brings together the latest official advice, information and guidance from the government and NHS on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Latest government advice

Some changes to Government advice announced recently came into affect on 13 May 2020.

Read the government FAQ, which has advice on what you can and cannot do.

What to do if you have symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • 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)
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

NHS advice about staying at home

NHS 111 online

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online

Advice and guidance

You can find the latest information, advice and guidance about COVID-19 from the following sources:


See the latest health guidance about COVID-19 on the national NHS website. As well as specific guidance for older people here.


See the latest information about the UK government's response to COVID-19 on the national GOV.UK website.

See updated details of recovered cases on the government's national dashboard.

Public Health England

Find out about the current COVID-19 situation on Public Health England's live blog.

Watch British Sign Language versions of government's COVID-19 advice.

Guidance for specific groups

There is also specific guidance available for schools, businesses and other areas:

Staying alert and safe social distancing

Guidance for educational settings

Guidance for employers and businesses

Guidance for care settings

Guidance for the transport sector

Guidance on travel

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