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 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.

  • 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.

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. 

Vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccines are being offered at pharmacies, local vaccination centres and large vaccination hubs. You can find out how to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment on the NHS website.


Blogs and public health news 

Our blogs include 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.


England

For a full outline of the updated COVID-19 guidance for England, you can read the Government FAQs on the coronavirus outbreak and full guidance on support bubbles.


Scotland

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Scotland you can download the NHS Scotland Test and Protect app, which will tell you if you have been in contact with another app user who has tested positive for COVID-19. You can find the full outline of the updated COVID-19 guidance for Scotland on Public Health Scotland.


Wales

The NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service has been set up to help stop the spread of COVID-19 across Wales. You can find the full outline of the updated COVID-19 guidance for Wales on Public Health Wales.


Northern Ireland

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by the PHA's contact tracing service and asked to share information about who you have been in contact with recently (within 2m distance). You can find the full outline of the updated COVID-19 guidance for Northern Ireland on the Public Health Agency website.


Across the UK

The NHS has issued some common-sense advice which is applicable for everyone, for what you can do to avoid catching COVID-19 - 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
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

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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Videos

Our video series 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.


#bepartofthesolution 

Funding from the Southampton City Council COVID-19 Innovations Grant enabled young people to create eight short films. They have been produced either by young people from the Southampton Children’s Hospital Youth Ambassador team or groups of students who helped in their co-creation supported by LifeLab – a University of Southampton health education project run in collaboration with University Hospital Southampton.


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.

 


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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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