Symptoms and staying safe

Stay at home to save lives

You must stay at home to stop Covid-19 spreading.

Everyone must stay at home.

Even if you don't have symptoms you must stay at home.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for essentials- only when you really need to

  • to do one form of exercise a day - such as a cycle ride, a walk or a run. You can do this alone or with other people you live with.

  • for medical needs - for example to deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person or to visit a phamacy

  • to travel to and from work - but only where this is absolutely necessary. You must work from home if it is at all possible

Covid - 19 symptoms

The symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • a high temperature - you can measure your temperature without a thermometer - if you feel hot to touch on your chest or your back then you may have a high temperature.

  • a new, continuous cough. This is coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. (if you usually have a cough it might be worse than usual).

 To protect others do not go to places like a pharmacy, hospital or GP Surgery.

Stay at home.

NHS Coronavirus assessment tool is where you can assess your symptoms.

NHS Coronavirus webpages will give you the most up to date advice on symptoms of the virus and what to do if you have symptoms.

Advice for pregnant women and their families 


  Situation update: correct as of 17.00 27 March 2020

  • As of 27 March, 2,506 further people in England have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in England to 12,288. The total for the UK now stands at 14,543, which includes 1059 in Scotland, 921 cases in Wales and 275 in Northern Ireland. A total of 113,777 people have been tested across the UK. There have been 759 deaths in the UK as of 5pm 26/03/2020.
  • To see the number of cases of COVID-19 in England and the UK visit the Public Health England dashboard.
  • To see the number of cases globally see the World Health Organisation interactive map.

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