COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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.

Self-isolate if necessary

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature (37.8 degrees or more), loss of taste or smell, 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


Easy read information:

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