Staying healthy and well

Coronavirus public information

Public health advice on how people can protect themselves from infection

The NHS advises the public to:

  • always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
  • wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs

See below for the latest information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

NHS advice on Coronavirus in the UK

If you develop symptoms and have returned from mainland China

If you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, you should:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

For more information, read GOV.UK Coronavirus information and advice and the Public health matters blog on the coronavirus, and what you need to know.

Page last updated: 19 Feb 2020