Protect yourself

Social Distancing

Reducing social interaction between people will help to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.  This includes avoiding non-essential travel, large gatherings and being in close contact with someone who is displaying symptoms.   This is particularly important if you have underlying health conditions or are at greater risk of complications. 

Specific information about social distancing can be found on NHS Inform

Handwashing and hygiene

You must wash your hands more often and follow good respiratory hygiene to help prevent spread of the virus.  This includes:

  • washing your hands more often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms.
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands.
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home