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Coronavirus –Â Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Following the speech from the Prime Minister on March 23rd. Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages â€“ even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle â€“ alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
These 4 reasons are exceptions â€“ even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about:
- staying at home if you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus
- staying at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
To help yourself stay well while you’re at home:
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- try to keep yourself busy â€“ you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- do light exercise at home, or outside once a day
If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:
- for health information and advice, use the NHS website
- for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service â€“ only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
- for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance
If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note, you do not need to get a note from a GP.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Advice accurate as of 13:00 27/03/2020