Check out the latest information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
This page will be updated as frequently as possible. For health information, please continue to read the NHS advice on coronavirus. For the government response to coronavirus, please continue to refer to GOV.UK for the latest available information.
The symptoms of coronavirus include:
If you have symptoms like this, it is important that you act to limit the risk of passing the virus on to others.
Please complete the NHS 111 checklist and follow the on-screen instructions.
The government has asked everyone to do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
For this reason you may be asked to stay at home as a precaution. This is also known as 'self-isolating'. In practical terms, self-isolating means that you must:
Please complete the NHS 111 checklist and follow the on-screen instructions for individual advice on whether to self-isolate.
Good hand hygiene is the best way to protect yourself from many viruses. Coronavirus is no different.
The best way to do this is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand gel but should note that the gel does not remove dirt from your hands.
You should wash your hands more often than usual. It may be helpful to act as thoughyour hands are visibly dirty unless they’ve only just been washed. It is advisable to wash your hands, including all of the required steps, whenever you:
It is also important to ensure that your vaccinations are up to date, and any long standing medical conditions are being well managed by medication or treatment. While these might not stop you getting coronavirus, they will lessen the chance that you will need to go to hospital for other illnesses.
On 12 March 2020, the government made an announcement confirming that we’re in the ‘delay’ phase. The aim is to delay the spread of the disease and reduce the epidemic's peak (when the number of cases is highest).
This means that when people do catch the virus, our health systems have greater capacity to manage any serious cases.
This video describes the reasons for this very well.
We must all continue to follow the latest advice and wash our hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
Do face masks prevent coronavirus?
Face masks play a very important role in places like hospitals, but there is very little evidence of widespread benefit for members of the public.
Do vaccines against pneumonia protect against coronavirus?
A vaccine for coronavirus is in development. The pneumonia vaccine is not effective against coronavirus, but it is still recommended that you have it if offered to you because it can protect against other illnesses.
Can I get coronavirus from my pets?
Current advice from the World Health Organisation suggests there’s no evidence that pets can be a source of infection or that they can become sick as a direct result of coronavirus.
PDSA have published some frequently asked questions for pet owners.
Can anyone catch coronavirus?
People of all ages can get coronavirus, although there have been very few cases in children.
Older people and people with long term health conditions are more vulnerable to developing complications as a result of coronavirus.
Can I get coronavirus from mail or parcels from affected areas?
There is currently no evidence that you can catch coronavirus from parcels and letters.
If you’re planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, check the country by country travel advice on GOV.UK.
We have put together an online map which shows residents where the nearest pharmacies are and their opening times.
It is important to remember that feeling unwell may not be a sign of coronavirus.
If you have persistent or concerning symptoms then you should use the NHS 111 service and follow the advice of your healthcare professional.
In an emergency, where you believe there is a threat to life, always dial 999 first and advise them of your symptoms.
It is important that we continue to work together to take care of ourselves and others.
A group of community and statutory organisations have joined forces to coordinate help and support for people who live alone or who are self-isolating with partners or relatives in Derby. More information will be added to this page in the next few days.