Sunderland City Council endeavours to ensure that information contained on this page is up to date and correct and in line with the latest NHS and Government advice. The council accepts no liability for error or omission.

How to protect yourself and others

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

Read more about what you can and cannot do and keep up to date with the latest government advice at

Staying healthy

Help to stop smoking

People who smoke may have a more serious illness if they are infected with COVID-19. Sunderland stop smoking services are continuing to operate although there will be restrictions relating to face-to-face support. For advice contact 0800 169 9913 or visit

Looking after your mental health

The NHS's Every Mind Matters campaign has released expert advice on how best to look after mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more from:

You can find government guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of COVID-19 here (mental health and wellbeing), and advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people here (mental health and wellbeing of children and young people).

A mental health hotline for NHS staff tackling coronavirus is also available. To contact the NHS helpline, NHS staff can phone 0300 131 7000, or text FRONTLINE to 85258. The phone line will be open between 7am and 11pm every day, while the text service is available 24/7.

Stay physically active

Exercise is important for people's physical and mental wellbeing and the government has announced that from Wednesday 13 May people in England can exercise outdoors as often as they wish provided they follow social distancing guidelines. Find out more at

Looking after your health and wellbeing has never been more important. See for more advice and information to help you stay healthy.

NHS Health at Home

Information from the NHS about what to do if you need to contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions and manage your wellbeing and existing conditions, all without leaving your home is available here  

For advice about local health services see information from Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group here

Information about medicines

High blood pressure medication

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has advised that if you are taking medication to treat high blood pressure, it is vitally important you continue your usual treatment. There is no evidence from clinical or epidemiological studies that these might worsen coronavirus infection. You can find out more at

Ibuprofen and coronavirus

An Expert Working Group has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19 or the worsening of its symptoms. Find out more here;