Coronavirus guidance for the public

Reducing the spread of infection

Updated: 24 February 2022

We would like to stress the importance of usual illness prevention:

  • get vaccinated
  • let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • consider wearing a face covering ​​- although this is no longer a legal requirement, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet
  • try to stay at home if you’re feeling unwell
  • limit close contact with other people
  • understanding your personal risk in different settings and scenarios
  • wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin: catch it, bin it, kill it.
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
  • increase the amount of fresh air you let into your home or other enclosed spaces by opening vents, windows and doors
  • if you are worried about your symptoms, please use NHS 111 online. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

The NHS website has more information about how you can reduce the possible spread of infection.