COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Last updated: 6 April 10.14am: support for vulnerbale people imformation added to 'Updates and useful links' page


Help stop the spread of COVID-19

The NHS in Dorset and Public Health England (PHE) are working to manage and limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). You can also help by taking the following steps.

Stay at home

  • Following Government advice, you should minimise all social contact, work from home and travel only if absolutely necessary
  • Limit any time spent outside of the home as much as possible and ensure you remain two metres away from anyone outside of your household.
Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives in Dorset - A message from the Dorset NHS

Self-isolate if necessary

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature (37.8 degrees or more) and/or a new continuous cough – please self-isolate and do not leave your home at all for seven days (or 14 days if you share your home with others)
  • If your symptoms worsen or persist longer than seven days, contact NHS 111 online, or call 111 if you have no internet access.

Practice good hygiene

  • Please wash your hands more often than usual for 20 seconds each time, or use hand sanitiser gel. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • 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.

More information is available from NHS England.


Further advice and guidance


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