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COVID-19 Health advice

We can all help control the virus if we:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance 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 when using public transport (unless exempt) 
  • Wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets (unless exempt)


Greater Manchester restrictions

In Manchester, restrictions are in place to control the spread of the virus. See the government restrictions for Manchester.

What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell.
The main symptoms of coronavirus 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

If you are clinically vulnerable, it is important that you continue to take precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19. Read the Government's advice on shielding for people in Greater Manchester.

About the NHS Test and Trace System

The NHS Test and Trace System is designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Read about how the NHS Test and Trace system works.

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.

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