COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

Dorset is currently graded as a Tier 1/medium alert level, which means you must follow these rules to help prevent the spread of infection.

Observe social distancing

  • when meeting with people you don’t live with, only socialise in groups of up to six, indoors or outdoors
  • socially distance with anyone you do not live with. Keep two metres away from others wherever possible or one metre plus other precautions such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoorsThis does not affect support from carers
  • those who have formed a support bubble (i.e. single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in the bubble. If your household or support bubble is larger than six, you can gather together but do not change who you have formed a support bubble with
  • work from home if possible and minimise the sharing of vehicles
  • wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing may be difficult. This includes shops, resturants, bars and cafes when not eating or drinking, public transport and in private vehicles or taxis. Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings

Self-isolate and get tested

The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • high temperature (37.8 degrees or more)
  • loss of taste or smell
  • new continuous cough.

If you have any of these symptoms please self-isolate and call 119 or visit for a test.

If your test is positive, you must not leave your home at all and not have visitors for 10 days (or 14 days if you share your home with others). You will also be asked to provide details of your recent contact to NHS Test and Trace. You must self-isolate if you live with someone who has symptoms.

If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart your 10-day isolation from the day you developed symptoms.

After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. 

For more information visit the government website. If your symptoms worsen, 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.

A full list of what you can and can't do is on the government's website.

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Your COVID recovery

Evidence shows that a significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have significant on-going health problems, notably breathing difficulties, tiredness and cough, reduced muscle function, reduced ability to undertake physical activity and psychological symptoms such as PTSD and reduced mood status.

Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage on-going symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support.

It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

COVID-19 app

Protect your loved ones with the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales.

It's the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk from coronavirus. The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community. 

Anyone aged 16 or over who lives in England or Wales can use the NHS COVID-19 app. It has a number of features:

  • Trace: find out when you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Check-in: get alerted if you've visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR code scanner. No more form filling.
  • Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
  • Test: helps you order a test if you need to.
  • Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

The NHS COVID-19 app is free to download on your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play. The app runs on proven software developed by Apple and Google, designed so that nobody will know who or where you are. And you can delete your data, or the app, at any time.

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