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Looking after yourself and others

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.

To help protect others and keep the North East open there are some things we can all keep doing:

  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed environments
  • Maintain space; you no longer need to limit close contact with friends and family but you should still consider keeping your distance from those who are not fully vaccinated or may have other vulnerabilities
  • Minimise the number of people you see/meet and where possible the duration of contact
  • Test twice a week and report your results. One in three people have covid without knowing and regular testing helps to stop the spread
  • Make sure that any indoor space has good ventilation (for example by opening windows so that fresh air can enter)
  • Self isolate immediately if you or another household member has symptoms (even if they are mild) or has tested positive, or you have been notified that you were in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • And please get both doses of the Covid vaccine when it's your turn - it's our best protection against the virus

Staying healthy

Healthy changes start with little changes and there's never been a more important time to look after your health.

Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health has lots of free tools and support.

We've also pulled together lots of tips and advice in our Make a change for the better brochure.

Help to stop smoking

People who smoke may have a more serious illness if they are infected with Covid-19. For local support to quit contact Sunderland stop smoking services on 0800 169 9913 or visit

Looking after your mental health

The NHS's Every Mind Matters campaign has expert advice to help you look after your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more from:

It's natural for us to struggle when times are uncertain but it does not mean that we have to face it alone. Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing service (SPWS) provide free NHS psychological support to people who are worried, anxious or low. Due to the current circumstances all assessments and therapy sessions are over the telephone or online to ensure support is available for everyone who needs it. You don't need to wait to be referred, simply call on 0191 566 5454 or visit

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

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

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