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Advice from the NHS

If have coronavirus symptoms

Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you might have coronavirus. Stay at home.

Update on coronavirus symptoms 18th May 2020

The new official guidance states that people must self-isolate and get tested if they can; if they develop a new continuous cough or high temperature or anosmia – loss/change in sense of smell or taste.

Tests are now available for anyone over 5 years old with these symptoms.


  Urgent advice:Use the 111 online coronavirus service 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)

These are the main symptoms of coronavirus.

The 111 online coronavirus service will ask about your symptoms and tell you what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Babies and children

Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child.

If they seem very unwell, are getting worse, or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.

Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.

Get more advice about coronavirus in children.

Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)

If your symptoms are mild, you'll usually be advised to not leave your home for at least 7 days.

Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days.

This is called self-isolation.

Find out more about self-isolation if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms.


Even you do not have Coronavirus symptoms you must stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.



Providing person-centred support for people living with dementia at home during the Covid-19 Crisis

This information sheet download below has been developed by the Association for Dementia Studies at the
University of Worcester ( to help formal caregivers of people living with dementia at home during this difficult time.

Any change to normal routine can be very stressful for a person living with dementia at the best of times; even more so during this crisis. This guidance aims to help you reduce this stress and be person-centred during this challenging time.


Is someone in your household learning to drive ? Can you start driving lessons again ? 

Click the link below for guidance: