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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information sources

The following validated and authoritative information sources may be of use to keep updated with the latest guidance and advice on the Coronavirus challenges.

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What are Coronaviruses (CoV)

They are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Households

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable people.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable persons from COVID-19

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Guidance on vulnerable children and young people

Questions and answers about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

Being a deputy or attorney during the coronavirus outbreak

Find out how you can continue to act in the best interests of the client or donor, during the outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/being-a-deputy-or-attorney-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak

If you need to make an LPA now, you can still do so while observing government guidance on social distancing, self-isolating and shielding.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-and-registering-an-lpa-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Social Care and Care Homes

Social care guidance

Information for the social care sector on responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-social-care-guidance

Guidance for residential care, supported living and home care

Residential care, supported living and home care in the event of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance

How to work safely in care homes

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-care-homes

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Education

Guidance for educational settings

Guidance for schools and other educational settings in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for educational settings

Advice for educational settings, and their students and staff, who are travelling or planning to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice-for-educational-settings

Cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

This guidance aims to answer common questions in relation to the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

Travel

Safer travel guidance for passengers

Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

Overseas travel advice

Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Animals

Advice for people with animals

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals

Testing

Getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing for frontline workers who are self-isolating.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Testing: Privacy information

Privacy notice on COVID-19 virus testing for critical workers and their household members who are self-isolating because they are showing symptoms.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-privacy-information

Scaling up testing programmes

How the government intends to scale up testing programmes to provide a test to anyone who needs one.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-scaling-up-testing-programmes

Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity

The government wants help from businesses to increase testing capacity in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-the-government-increase-coronavirus-covid-19-testing-capacity

How organisations can support the testing programme

The government wants help from organisations with laboratory capability to increase the testing programme in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-organisations-can-support-the-testing-programme

Tell us you can produce testing kits and services

Forms for organisations that can manufacture and supply testing consumables, equipment and laboratory PPE as part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-tell-us-you-can-produce-testing-kits-and-services

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): Laboratory testing request form

Form (E28) for requesting testing for SARS-CoV-2.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/testing-for-wuhan-novel-cov-2019-ncov

Businesses

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Guidance for food businesses

Advice for food businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses

COVID-19 regulatory position statements

Environment Agency regulatory response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-regulatory-position-statements

Apprenticeship programme response

This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response

Guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers

Companies House has robust plans in place to maintain services for our customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-guidance-for-companies-house-customers-employees-and-suppliers

Guidance for staff in the transport sector

Guidance on COVID-19, including general precautions for staff and guidance on the assessment and management of arrivals into the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector

Guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

This advice is designed to assist people who are involved in managing or organising a funeral related to a death from any cause during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-community-interest-companies-cics

Ventilator supply specification

Specification of rapidly manufactured ventilator systems needed as part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-ventilator-supply-specification

Healthcare

Background information

Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information

Guidance for health professionals

Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus

Infection prevention and control (IPC)

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) personal protective equipment (PPE).

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe

Personal protective equipment (PPE) plan

Cross-government UK-wide plan to ensure that critical personal protective equipment (PPE) is delivered to those on the frontline responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe-plan

How to work safely in domiciliary care

A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-domiciliary-care

Personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures

Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-use-for-aerosol-generating-procedures

NHS and social care staff: Check if a COVID-19 patient has an attorney or deputy

Find out about the information we have on our registers and how NHS staff and local authorities in England and Wales can ask us for it

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-staff-searching-our-registers-of-attorneys-and-deputies

Guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

Advice on appropriate infection prevention and control (IPC) precautions for stepdown in hospital or discharge to home or residential settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-stepdown-of-infection-control-precautions-within-hospitals-and-discharging-covid-19-patients-from-hospital-to-home-settings

Management of exposed healthcare workers and patients in hospital settings

Guidance on the management of hospital staff and patients who have been exposed to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings

Guidance for Ambulance Trusts

This guidance is for suspected cases of COVID-19 where an emergency ambulance response is required.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-ambulance-trusts

Investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases

Information on case definitions, and the initial assessment and investigation of possible cases of COVID-19 infection.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-initial-investigation-of-possible-cases

Evaluation of commercially available diagnostic products

Information on how Public Health England (PHE) is evaluating the various commercially available COVID-19 diagnostics products.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-evaluation-of-commercially-available-diagnostic-products

Guidance for sampling and for diagnostic laboratories

Information for clinical diagnostic laboratories regarding safety, sampling and packaging specimens associated with COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-guidance-for-clinical-diagnostic-laboratories

Guidance for care of the deceased

Advice primarily designed to assist people required to manage bodies of deceased persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased

Notification of data controllers to share information

Notification of data controllers in healthcare organisations, GPs, local authorities and arm’s length bodies that they should share information to support efforts against coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-notification-of-data-controllers-to-share-information

First Responders

Guidance for first responders

Advice for first responders (as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act) and others who may have close contact with symptomatic people who may have COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-interim-guidance-for-first-responders

Information sources

UK Government Coronavirus/COVID-19 Response Information

The main UK Government website on Coronavirus information with a large and ever growing collection of advice and guidance and legal requirements.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

You can sign up for regular UK Government updates on Coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/email-signup/confirm?link=%2Fgovernment%2Ftopical-events%2Fcoronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information leaflet

Leaflet on what to do to help stop the spread of coronavirus, including information on symptoms and government support.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-leaflet

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance

Find guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals and other organisations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

National Health Service (NHS)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/control-recommendations.html

World Health Organisation (WHO)

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus