Keep yourself and others healthy and well
Last updated 8 April 2020
1. Look after your health and wellbeing
To reduce the spread of coronavirus we've all been advised by the government to take social distancing measures in order to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading between people.
This means that everybody’s normal routines and habits are being temporarily disrupted.
Creating a new routine that builds in time and activities to care for your physical and mental health will help you manage during this difficult and worrying period.
Whether you're self-isolating, following social distancing advice, or working from home, simple actions can help you to maintain good health.
Watch this short video from Jennifer Connolly, Director of Public Health for Stockport. She talks about coronavirus and the things you can do to look after your health and wellbeing.
To help reduce the risk of you, and anyone you live with, getting ill with coronavirus please follow this advice:
- wash your hands with soap and water more often. Do this for at least 20 seconds. Watch this video from the NHS to find out how to wash your hands
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home or in to work
- wash your hands before you eat or handle food
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects in your home such as door handles and taps
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
The government has issued advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance will be updated in line with the latest situation.
If you or someone in your household has symptoms of a possible coronavirus infection you should follow the government's 'stay at home' guidance which also includes information about what you can do to help yourself get better at home.
Visit the NHS website for health information and advice if you have symptoms of coronavirus or live with someone who does.