Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

28 February 2020

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are 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. 

Latest information about the virus and guidance for travellers returning to the UK – including up-to-date details of the countries identified as affected areas – is available on the Department of Health and Social Care website here.

Current public health advice can be found on the NHS website here.

Anyone who is concerned they have signs and symptoms of the virus, should stay indoors and use NHS 111 as their first point of contact – they will tell you exactly what you need to do and, where necessary, the right place to be tested.

Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

The NHS in London is trialling swabbing in the community to make the testing process quicker and easier. This will be carried out by NHS staff, such as nurses or paramedics – allowing people to stay home rather than having to travel, which is safer for everyone and limits the spread of infection.

People should also play their part in helping prevent the spread of the virus by following public health advice: wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze, and put used tissues in the bin immediately.

Further information is available at gov.uk/coronavirus and nhs.uk.