COVID-19 Advice for patients

Latest Coronavirus Advice for patients – 24th July 2020

Social distancing – what does it mean for you?

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with. This is called social distancing.

If you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children, you can meet with 1 other household without social distancing. This is called a support bubble.

It is important to take all measures possible to avoid spreading the virus to other people. You can spread the virus without having any symptoms.


  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • wear a mask at all times in required areas


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Self Isolating and treating Coronavirus symptoms

Self-isolate if:

How to treat Coronavirus Symptoms at Home

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19), but you can often ease the symptoms at home until you recover.

If you're concerned about your symptoms and need medical advice, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

For more information on treating the specific symptoms of coronavirus follow this link. Remember, if you have symptoms, please do not visit a medical facility unless being instructed to do so by a medical professional.

If you’d like to talk to a doctor, contact the team on 0330 088 2020 and they will advise you of the options.