Latest information on Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Below is some simple advice about what you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus and to support your community to stay well.





Latest updates

The latest national updates on coronavirus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: 

The latest NHS advice for the public is available here:


Stay at home - Protect the NHS - Save lives 

Everyone should stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages  – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions. If you're unsure about what this means, read these FAQs on what you can and can't do. 

The only reasons to leave home are:

  • To travel to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary 
  • Shopping for basic necessities such as food, but you should do this as infrequently as possible
  • To take one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, dog walking or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • To look after any medical need, to pick up medicine, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. 

If you do have to go out for one of these reasons, you should:

  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people 
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds as soon as you get home 

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

You should immediately self-isolate and stay at home if you have either or both of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature (37.8C or over)
  • a new, continuous cough

Contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Please go to in the first instance. Only call 111 if you need help urgently. BSL users can use the NHS 111 video interpreter service

DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

How long should I self-isolate for? 

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, you should ALL  stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days wherever possible

Click here for the guidance on self isolating. 

Advice for people at higher risk

You may be at increased risk from coronavirus if you:

  • are 70 or older
  • are pregnant
  • have a condition that may increase your risk from coronavirus. 

This includes people who:

  • have had an organ transplant
  • are having certain types of cancer treatment
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • have a condition or are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to get infections
  • are pregnant and have a serious heart condition

People most at risk from coronavirus need to take extra steps to avoid getting it. This is known as "shielding".

You can read the full guidance about what this means for anyone who is classed at higher risk of coronavirus here.

Vulnerable and need help?

We recommend that you get food and medicine delivered and left outside your door – ask friends and family to help or register at GOV.UK to get coronavirus support if you need it.

In Sefton if you need help for you or someone in your household, we recommend that you call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or fill in their online form to ask for support. Find out more here.  

Mental health and wellbeing

Click here for guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus. Access an easy read version of this guidance here. 


Alternative formats and translations - coronavirus advice and hand washing guides


Click here for COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people translated in to Arabic, Bengali, traditional Chinese - Cantonese, simplified Chinese - Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.

British Sign Language

Click here for regular videos of government advice and guidance in British Sign Language from SignHealth, deaf health charity. 

Click here to access a British Sign Language hand washing guide. 

Click here for a video of home isolation advice for those with symptoms. 
Click here for a video on spotting the signs.

Easy read

Click here to access an easy read hand washing guide. 

Large print

Click here to access a large print hand washing guide 


Click here to access an audio version of the hand washing guide. 


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