This information is being regularly updated in line with latest Government guidance and advice. The content of this page was checked and updated on 2 April 2020.
How to protect yourself and others
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages - even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
Other things you can do to stop the infection spreading
Find out more and keep up to date with the latest information and advice at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If you smoke, you can reduce your risk of developing more serious illnesses by quitting. For help and advice please call 0800 169 9913 or visit www.stopsmokingsunderland.nhs.uk
Looking after your mental health
The NHS's Every Mind Matters campaign has now released expert advice on how best to look after mental wellbeing while staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The advice contains practical steps a person can take and includes videos, tutorials and links to other useful resources: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
The Government has issued guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is also available.
Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/new-advice-to-support-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Stay Physically Active
Exercise is still important for people's physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day. For guidance on how to do this safely see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces
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 www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-and-high-blood-pressure-medication
Public information resources with advice from Public Health England to help people protect themselves and others are available from Public Health England campaign resource centre.
Decontamination advice for non-healthcare settings is also available.