Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

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:

  • High Temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • New and Continuous Cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour OR 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • Change in your sense of smell and taste - this means there has been a change in your normal sense of smell and/or taste (also called anosmia)

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.

  • Anyone in England and Wales, irrespective of their age, can access a test if they have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Anyone in Scotland and Northern Ireland, over the age of five, can access a test if they have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Essential workers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can access a test

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.

England

Some of the key changes in England are summarised below:

  • Spending time outdoors - You can now spend an unlimited amount of time outside and can take part in activities like sunbathing and using outdoor sporting facilities
  • Meeting up with people - You can meet up with one person at a time from outside your household, providing you stay 2 metres apart and meet up outdoors
  • Public transport – If you have to travel to work or make an essential journey you should avoid public transport where possible
  • Going to work - If you cannot easily work from home, and your workplace is open – for example if you work in construction or trade roles - you can now go to work. Employers should ensure that workplaces are safe and take precautions to manage the risk of infection spreading
  • Face coverings – Wearing a face mask is not compulsory, but is being advised in situations where you cannot observe social distancing, e.g. on public transport
  • Schools - Schools are now open for reception, early years, year one and year six children and children of key workers. Full guidance is available for parents and carers

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:

  • Workplaces - how the NHS Test and Trace service could affect employers, businesses and employees, and what support is available 
  • Personal contact - guidance for what steps to take if you have been in contact with someone who isn't from your household, that has tested positive for Covid-19
  • Households - steps for self-isolating when a member of your household may test positive for Covid-19.

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:

  • Staying at home - You should continue to stay at home as much as possible. You should only go outside for food, health reasons or to work when you can’t work from home
  • Exercise – Scotland and Wales advise that you can exercise outside for an unlimited number of times a day. The advice in Northern Ireland is that exercise should be kept to once a day. All exercise should be undertaken as locally as possible
  • Going to work – You should only go to work when you cannot work from home.

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:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can - for example, whenever you get home or arrive at your place of work - and for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you don't have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitiser gel instead (min. 70% alcohol content)
  • After touching surfaces that may have been touched by other people outside your home (e.g. in a shop or on public transport), DO NOT touch your eyes, nose or mouth - until you have washed your hands properly
  • Whenever you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). And put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell - and maintain a 2 metre distance from everyone outside your household.

External Resources 

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.

UK Organisations

External resources which provide support with mental health and advice for high risk populations can be found here.

International Organisations

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Blogs and Public Health News 

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.

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Video Guides

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

Dr Lisa Ackerley, RSPH Trustee, shares her steps for effective hand washing.
 

Getting Better Sleep

James Wilson AKA The Sleep Geek, gives practical tips for sleeping better during the coronavirus outbreak.
 

Community Spirit

Chris Elmore, Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media, talks about the importance of Community Spirit.
 

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.

 


Updates for RSPH Centres and Members

We will keep all RSPH Members and Training Centres up to date with any changes to our services.


Public Health Journal (Editorial and Articles):


Public Health in Practice (Editorial and Articles):

 


Our Webinars

We will be hosting webinars throughout the coronavirus outbreak which are free to access for RSPH Members.

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