Below is some simple advice about what you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus and to support your community to stay well.
The latest official national guidance on corona virus from Public Health England & The Department of Health and Social Care can be found at:
For local information in Liverpool, the City Council and local NHS have also created dedicated social media feeds, which you can follow at:
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.
The only reasons to leave home are:
If you do have to go out for one of these reasons, you should:
Guidance on what everyone should do is available in English here on the government website, and on this same page there is information in Easy Read and several community languages covering advice for everyone and for people more at risk people.
You should immediately self-isolate and stay at home if you have either or both of the following symptoms:
Contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service if:
Please go to 111.nhs.uk 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?
You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:
The advice for people at high risk is to avoid contact and significantly limit face to face interaction with friends and family where possible, staying at home for several weeks. People at high risk should ask friends, family or neighbours to pick up shopping and medicines for them and leave them outside their door. You can also ask for help from volunteers by calling Liverpool City Council on 0151 233 3066 from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.
Some people (adults and children) are extremely vulnerable on medical grounds and are advised to stay at home for 12 weeks and keep away from others.
Extremely vulnerable people are those who:
Extremely vulnerable people should ask friends, family or neighbours to pick up shopping and medicines for them and leave them outside their door. People can also ask for help from volunteers by calling Liverpool City Council on 0151 233 3066 from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week or request help online here.
Patients in these groups will get a letter from the NHS about this advice soon. Changes are being made to how NHS appointments are taking place. Updates are being made to GP, MerseyCare and hospital webpages so do check these or phone before going anywhere for an appointment.
The NHS are working with charities and other organisations to produce advice on coronavirus for people with specific health conditions. These can be found at the bottom of this NHS page and will continue to be updated with more conditions.
Staying at home will slow the spread of the virus, help the NHS to cope better, and save lives.
Ask family, friends and neighbours to get what you need such as shopping or prescriptions, and use online services.
Liverpool City Council has volunteers geared up to support vulnerable people too. You can also call Liverpool City Council's Support Line on 0151 233 3066 between 8am - 6pm, seven days a week or request help online.
If you need medical help for another reason not related to coronavirus, please do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Read more advice about getting medical help at home.
There are also some basic hygiene steps that everyone is being advice to take to help reduce the spread:
Doctors of the World and the British Red Cross are working to translate NHS guidance into a wider list of languages which you can download here.
Deaf health charity Sign Health are producing BSL videos based on national coronavirus guidance which are updated here.