Link to BSL signed information on the Coronavirus:

The government has announced that the country is moving out of the ‘contain’ phase and into ‘delay’, in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The purpose of the ‘delay’ phase is to slow the spread of Coronavirus across the country, lowering its peak impact. As a result of this announcement, the following updated advice and guidance has been issued by the NHS and Public Health England: 

Stay at home if you have Coronavirus symptoms

Individuals are being advised to stay at home for a period of 7 (seven) days if they have either:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

If you are experiencing these symptoms:

  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
  • People will not be tested who are self-isolating with mild symptoms
  • Report any absence to your line manager as normal

The NHS has also issued ‘stay at home’ guidance, which is available at

NHS online Coronavirus service

Use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service at if:

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

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online. 

Public Health England advice

Please continue to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

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