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Coronavirus: Health and stay at home advice
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
We must all stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Under government guidance issued on March 23, people of all ages can only leave their homes for four reasons:
- To shop for basic essentials
- To do one form of exercise per day
- For a medical need, or to deliver supplies to a vulnerable person
- To travel to and from work, but only when this is absolutely necessary
For more information, please read the Government's Staying at home and away from others guidance.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
The most common coronavirus symptoms are:
- a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)
- a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
You can help prevent the spread of germs and infection by following advice from NHS England.
- Always carrying tissues with you and use them to catch or cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue and wash your hands or use sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Government guidance for employees
The government has released guidance for employees on working from home, staying at home and sick pay.
Further health advice
Below are links to trusted sources to help you stay informed about coronavirus COVID-19:
- West Sussex County Council's Public Health team and Public Health England (PHE) are providing messaging for the public. Visit the West Sussex County Council website for up to date information.
- Find out how to protect yourself or check if you need medical help on the NHS website.
- NHS self-check website.
- Read commonly asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) on Public Health England’s blog.
- The latest Department of Health & Social Care and Public Health England information on coronavirus COVID-19 is available to read on the Government website.
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