These resources have been developed by RSPH and our partners to help support the public's health and wellbeing. Also included here are the latest updates specifically for RSPH Members and our national network of Training Centres.
We aim to continuously update this hub with the latest health and wellbeing news and provide current advice and guidance from experts across the spectrum of public health.
Public Health Guidance
The main symptoms of coronavirus, outlined by the NHS, include:
You should not leave home if either you or someone you live with has any of these symptoms. It's important to remember that you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms (asymptomatic). There's NHS guidance available on self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms.
If you have Covid-19 symptoms you can ask for a test through the NHS website. Anyone can get a test, irrespective of their age.
The Government has launched the NHS Test and Trace service, to help contain and reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Part 1: If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service and asked to share information about who you have been in contact with recently (within 2m distance).
Part 2: If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with the person who has tested positive. You will be contacted by the service either by a phone call, email or text. The full guidance on how the Test and Trace service works is available.
There is guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for various scenarios:
If you have Covid-19 symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, you should self-isolate for 10 days from the time symptoms start to show up.
There is guidance available for parents and carers of school-aged children to help children return to school as safely as possible. The guidance covers what to do if you're shielding or self-isolating, best practice hygiene guidance and what to do if your child shows Covid-19 symptoms.
Some of the key public health guidance for England is summarised below:
For a full outline of the updated Covid-19 guidance, you can read the Government FAQs on the coronavirus outbreak and full guidance on support bubbles, including what to do if someone in your support bubble starts to show Covid-19 symptoms.
The key public health guidance for Scotland is below. You can find more detailed public health guidance on Public Health Scotland.
The key public health guidance for Wales is below. You can find more detailed public health guidance on Public Health Wales.
The key public health guidance for Northern Ireland is below. You can find more detailed public health guidance on Public Health Agency.
Across the UK
The NHS has issued some common-sense advice which is applicable for everyone, for what you can do to avoid catching coronavirus - and help stop it spreading:
The following organisations provide reliable information and advice on the current coronavirus outbreak (from a UK perspective). A couple of selected international resources, that provide accurate public health information, have also been listed.
External resources which provide support with mental health and advice for high risk populations can be found here.
Our blogs include RSPH's official statement on coronavirus and the latest public health advice and guidance from RSPH Trustees and public health experts. Visit our Covid-19 blog and vlog hub for our full Covid-19 blog series.
You can also read our consultation submission to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee call for evidence on Covid-19 and food supply.
Our video series, Coronavirus: The Lowdown, has advice from RSPH partners, Trustees and staff on a range of health and wellbeing areas including healthy eating, mental health and hygiene. You can see all of our videos on the RSPH YouTube Channel or visit our Covid-19 blog and vlog hub for more of our Covid-19 video series.
Effective Hand Washing
Getting Better Sleep
Tips for Exercise
Jo Curran, a pilates specialist at Future Fit Training, shares her tips on exercises you can do to stay fit, whilst following the public health guidelines.
Tips for Creativity During Lockdown
RSPH Arts & Health Special Interest Group Committee member Dr Ranjita Dhital, University of Reading, explains the benefits of getting creative at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance to access a host of creative resources.
We will keep all RSPH Members and Training Centres up to date with any changes to our services.
Public Health Journal (Editorial and Articles):
- Wuhan novel coronavirus (COVID-19): why global control is challenging
- COVID-19 - The need for Public Health in a time of emergency
- Is home isolation appropriate for preventing the spread of COVID-19?
Public Health in Practice (Editorial and Articles):
- Public health in practice in a time of change
We will be hosting webinars throughout the coronavirus outbreak which are free to access for RSPH Members.