COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - staying healthy and connected

Latest advice on preventing COVID-19

The government has asked everyone to follow the latest guidance in the next phase of the UK’s response to coronavirus. This means:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household

  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible.

  • Work from home if you can

  • Avoid being face to face with people if they are outside your household. 

  • Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting where you can

  • Avoid crowds. 

  • If you have to travel (to work or school, for example) think about how and when you travel

  • Wash your clothes regularly

  • Keep indoor places well ventilated. 

  • You are required to wear a face covering in shops, on public transport, when walking around in a pub or restaurant, unless you are exempt. You should also wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. 

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Handwashing is crucial: Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser. Please regularly check the NHS website for the latest health advice, online help and guidance.

In the following pages you can find some helpful advice and ideas on how to keep you and your family healthy and connected during these unprecedented times.

 

Guidance for vulnerable groups

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People (will have received communication from NHS): 

  • If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus infection you were advised to take extra precautions during the peak of the pandemic in England. This is known as ‘shielding’.
  • The government is advising that you do not need to shield at the moment. This is because the rates of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community have fallen. This advice is being kept under close review and we will update this website if local guidance changes. You are still advised to maintain strict social distancing measures.
  • You can find more information on the latest government guidance for shielding.
  • For more FAQ’s about shielding, please go to NHS Inform
  • Continue to follow shielding guidance by staying at home at all times and avoiding all non essential face-to-face contact. 

Clinically Vulnerable People (aged 70 or older; people with liver disease; diabetes; pregnant women; and others): 

  • People in this group will need to follow general guidance except where they are also clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable where they should follow guidance as set out above. 

Vulnerable People (non-clinical, eg. children at risk of violence or with special educational needs; victims of domestic abuse; rough sleepers; and others):

  • People in this group will need to follow general guidance except where they are also clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable where they should follow guidance as set out above. 

For more detail about guidance for vulnerable groups, see latest Government guidance.

Support for vulnerable groups with delivering food and medication is available through Kingston Stronger Together Hub.