Health advice overview
The latest Government advice on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to:
Stay Alert, Control the Virus and Save Lives
You must continue to:
- stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- wash your hands regularly
It is essential we all follow the government’s social distancing guidance to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 and protect the NHS.
Check details on the latest Government advice on COVID-19
Advice from Public Health England (PHE)
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
What to do if you feel unwell
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, the advice is to stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from when your symptoms started.
If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
For more information about the COVID-19 virus, its symptoms and current advice please visit the government’s website.
Caring for yourself and your family while self-isolating
Living in social isolation can be challenging. It’s normal to feel anxious and for relationships within the family to become strained.
Don’t worry about sticking to anything too vigorously, just do your best.
Look after your mental health and well-being
Barnet metal health and well-being support services and helpful advice to help you look after your mental health
Government advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak