The safest place to meet is outdoors. At home and in your workplace, open windows regularly throughout the day, especially when you share a space with others. Ventilate!
If you think you might have coronavirus
A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
Most people with symptoms have at least one of these.
Many people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. This is why everyone is advised to get tested regularly.
What to do if you have these symptoms
- Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19
- You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result.
Get help from NHS 111 if:
- You are worried about your symptoms
- You are not sure what to do
Face masks - when to wear one
The legal requirement to wear a face mask in all settings has now ended. However, people may wish to continue wearing them, and that personal decision should be respected. Masks must be worn when visiting NHS services.
The Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas and some businesses and travel operators can even make wearing a face mask compulsory for customers and passengers.
Different types of public transport will have different requirements across England while supermarkets and hospitality are recommending masks are worn, but not enforcing it, and workplace rules will be different for everyone.
Public Transport in London
Passengers on all Transport for London (TfL) services - including the Tube, bus, tram, Docklands Light Railway, Overground and TfL Rail - will need to keep wearing a face covering in stations and for their entire journey unless exempt.
TfL will also ensure taxi and private hire vehicle drivers and passengers wear masks, unless exempt.
How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus
Stay at home and self-isolate.
- Do not go to work, school, or public areas
- Do not use public transport or taxis
Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one
Your isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, whether this was an LFD or PCR test), and the next 10 full days.
For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the NHS website.
In England from 16 August, if you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive.
COVID-19 vaccines: What you need to know
Information in different languages
Various leaflets, publications, audio files and videos are available in different languages, along with information for migrants living in the UK. By using the button below, you will be taken to the Mayor of London's website where this information is held.
What you can and can't do
Find out more about what you can and can't do including information about COVID alert levels, travel restrictions, who you're allowed to meet with and what shops and business can now open.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
Wear a face covering or mask inside shops, hospitals, on public transport, and in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible and where you may encounter people you would not usually meet. This is to protect others.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
Wash your hands with soap and water – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
What local COVID alert levels mean
Local COVID alert levels set out information for local councils, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area.
Find out what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in each local COVID alert level.
Check the local COVID alert level of your local area to see which level applies to you.
Advice for people at high risk
The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. To find out what this means, click the button below.
If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you are advised not to enter any area where shielding advice is in place.
NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel.
Other places for information:
- NHS coronavirus information
- GOV.UK information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK
- GOV.UK foreign travel advice
- World Health Organization: coronavirus myth busters
Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.