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 either 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 your have Covid-19 symptoms you can ask for a test through the NHS website.
Since 23 March, the UK Government has put measures in place to control the spread of coronavirus. The guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has not changed since lockdown measures were introduced, but as of 13 May, some changes to the guidance are in place, applying to England only.
Some of the key changes in England are summarised below:
For a full outline of the updated Covid-19 guidance, and what you can now do that you could not before, you can read the Government FAQs on the coronavirus outbreak.
The Government has launched the NHS Test and Trace service across England, 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.
The Government has published guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for various scenarios:
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
People living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules for those parts of the UK (up to date as of 19 May). These include:
For more information, there is current Covid-19 guidance available for Wales, for Scotland and for Northern Ireland. Public Health England has also issued advice for people in Scotland, in Wales and in Northern Ireland.
Across the UK
The UK Government have released a roadmap which outlines the long-term response to Covid-19 and easing lockdown measures.
Across the UK, if you have to go outside, you should stay at least 2 metres away from other people. There is separate advice available for those who are self-isolating, either as an individual or household and for the most vulnerable people amongst us who need to be shielded.
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.
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.