Coronavirus – What It Is & Looking After Yourself

There has been lots of information on the news about Coronavirus or Covid -19.

It affects people a bit like the flu and when you cough it spreads the virus. Most people if they have it will get better quickly, but some other people like older people could become very poorly with it and need to go to hospital.

If you feel unwell with a cold, cough, high temperature or other flu like symptoms, you have to stay indoors and away from others for 14 days, even if it is not Coronavirus. This is called self-isolation. This is to make sure you get well and you do not pass it on to other people.The government is telling older people and those with long term health conditions, to be really careful.

Stay at home

It is important to cover your hand and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put the tissues in a bin and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands more often with hot water and soap. You should wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Singing the song ‘Happy Birthday’ twice is about 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. This stops viruses from spreading. Also you will need to wear a face mask in all indoor public places such as shops, restaurants and public transport. You should be a safe distance from others – at least 2 m apart from those you don’t live with or who aren’t in your bubble.

Rule of 6 – You must must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This means indoors and outdoors. For further information look on Wiltshire Council’s website.

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What to do if you think you have Coronavirus

You should not go to your Doctors if you think you have the virus. You should stay at home and call NHS 111 straight away to get advice or ask your family member or supporter to phone for you.

The 111 service is very busy and they ask people to go online first to get advice if possible.


You might be asked to stay at home for up to 14 days and not to be near other people. Tell someone like your family, or care provider if you need help. Talk to them on the phone about your worries or concerns.

What to do if you feel ill with something else

If you are feeling ill with anything else, you can still contact your doctor to make an appointment. It is only if you think you have the virus you are asked to stay at home and telephone 111 or go online at Remember you can still call 999 for any other emergency. Also, check you have enough medication for any medical condition you already have.

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If you would like to contact us, please call us on the Wiltshire People 1st Office mobile number: 07729 197900. Staff are now working from home. The Office Mobile will be on  Monday and  Tuesday 9am- 2 pm.

Remember wash hands, cover face in enclosed areas and make space.