Coronavirus: protect yourself and others

Updated: 21 October

NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free. It's the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

Using proven technology from Apple and Google, the app will notify you if you have come into contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus. It also allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that have coronavirus.

For information visit the NHS COVID-19 app website.

Play your part - reduce transmission of coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) usually spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. These droplets can also be picked up from surfaces if you touch a surface and then your face without washing your hands first. Coronavirus can live for more than 24 hours indoors.

An infected person can pass on the virus even if they do not have any symptoms, through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing.

Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. As winter approaches, we will all be spending more time indoors, this will increase the risk of coronavirus spreading.

We all need to continue to play our part to protect each other and reduce the transmission of coronavirus to prevent outbreaks in the county.

Residents are reminded that the most important things you can do to help reduce the spread of coronavirus are:

  • HANDS - Keep washing your hands as often as possible, for 20 seconds with warm water and soap
  • FACE - Wear a face covering on public transport, in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.  In many indoor spaces, you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt
  • SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors). Move outdoors, where it is safer and there is more space. If indoors, make sure rooms are well ventilated by keeping windows and doors open
  • Self-isolate and book a test immediately if you get symptoms

The video below shows why washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping at least 2m apart is vital in controlling the spread. 

Further information is available in the following guidance on GOV.UK:

Flu vaccination

The Government have announced an expanded flu vaccination programme this year to help to reduce pressure on the NHS this winter in the event of a second peak of coronavirus infections. Guidance from the NHS is available on flu vaccination. 

People on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19 are all eligible for a free flu vaccine. It is really important this year that they receive it and those that live with someone who is at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list).

Guidance for young people

Guidance for young people on social distancing , 'Staying alert and safe', is available via GOV.UK with a focus is on the main public health principles for staying safe and helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. The guidance has been written for young people in collaboration with young people.

Guidance is also available for children, young people and adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding.

COVID-19: Long-term health effects

Around 10% of mild coronavirus (COVID-19) cases who were not admitted to hospital have reported symptoms lasting more than 4 weeks. Guidance on long-term health effects is available via GOV.UK.

The NHS Your Covid Recovery site provides information on what you might expect as part of your recovery and information for family, friends and carers.