Things that everyone can do to help control the virus:
- Work from home if you can
- Keep your distance from others if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
- Wear a face covering in shops or when using public transport (unless exempt)
What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?
If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, get a test and stay at home until you get the results.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)
If your symptoms are mild you must stay at home. This is called self-isolation. Read about when to self-isolate and what to do.
Clinically vulnerable people
Shielding ended on 31 March. Read the guidance on protecting people defined as medically vulnerable on gov.uk.
Get mental health support by text message
The SHOUT text messaging service gives free, confidential mental health support by text message, and is now available to people of all ages in Greater Manchester who are in crisis.
Advice for carers
If you are the carer of someone with confirmed COVID-19, Public Health England will contact and advise you as part of their contact tracing. If the person you care for has had a test for COVID-19 and is awaiting a result, follow the NHS advice for self-isolation.
Smokers may be more seriously affected by COVID-19 than non-smokers, so there's never been a better time to give up.
The following resources are available to help you quit smoking: