Latest information on Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The NHS in Sefton and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public.




Latest updates

The latest national updates on corona virus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: 

The latest NHS advice for the public is available here:


Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Mental health and wellbeing

Click here for guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus. Access an easy read version of this guidance here. 

If you have coronavirus symptoms

The two most common symptoms to look out for are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a 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)

Read the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. 


When should I contact NHS 111?

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system


  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  • Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  • Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services


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

  • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family


Government response and action plan


Alternative formats and translations - coronavirus advice and hand washing guides


Click here for COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people translated in to Arabic, Bengali, traditional Chinese - Cantonese, simplified Chinese - Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.

British Sign Language

Click here for regular videos of government advice and guidance in British Sign Language from SignHealth, deaf health charity. 

Click here to access a British Sign Language hand washing guide. 

Click here for a video of home isolation advice for those with symptoms. 
Click here for a video on spotting the signs.

Easy read

Click here to access an easy read hand washing guide. 

Large print

Click here to access a large print hand washing guide 


Click here to access an audio version of the hand washing guide. 


Braille versions can be ordered from