Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance covering various aspects

Updated: Apr 20


Find guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) from Public Health England.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.

Public Health England have produced the following Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the public:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): easy-read guide

The easy-read guide is available online here. Alternatively, you can download a PDF of the guide here.

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

This advice is intended for:

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well.

  • those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus

The full Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is available online here. A PDF illustration showing Stay at Home guidance for households can be downloaded here.

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.

  2. People with specific cancers

  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase the risk of infection.

  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.​

The NHS in England is directly contacting people with these conditions to provide further advice. If you think you fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people listed above and you have not already received a letter or been contacted by your GP, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician. We understand this is an anxious time and people considered extremely vulnerable will understandably have questions and concerns. Plans are being readied to make sure you can rely on a wide range of help and support.

The full guidance on shielding and protecting those who are deemed extremely vulnerable on medical grounds is available online here. An easy-read guide on protecting extremely vulnerable people in PDF format can be download here.

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

It may be difficult, but by following guidance on social distancing, or staying at home, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.

During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it.

The full guidance is available online here. An easy-read guide to looking after your feelings and your body in PDF format to download is available here.

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK

This guidance is for everyone, including children. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). The full guidance is available online here.

Staying at home: an easy-read guide in PDF format to download is available here.

Keeping away from other people: an easy-read guide in PDF format to download is available here.

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