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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

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

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

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

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foreign Travel

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

Foreign Secretary’s statement on support for British people abroad

Dominic Raab responded to an urgent question in the House of Commons on how government is supporting British people who are abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/coronavirus-covid-19-foreign-secretarys-statement-on-support-for-british-people-abroad

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): 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