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.

If you 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

As of 8 June, new rules have been introduced for people entering the UK. Anyone arriving in the UK (there are some exceptions outlined here) is required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide journey and contact details before you arrive. Full guidance, including how to provide your contact details are available.

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 has been 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.

England

Some of the key public health guidance for England is summarised below:

  • Spending time outdoors - You can spend an unlimited amount of time outside and can take part in activities like sunbathing and using outdoor sporting facilities
  • Meeting up with people - If you live by yourself or are a single parent, you can expand your support network to include one other household of any size 
  • 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 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 compulsory on public transport and is highly advised in other situations where it's hard to observe social distancing
  • Schools - Schools are 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, you can read the Government FAQs on the coronavirus outbreak and full guidance on support bubbles is available, including what to do if someone in your support bubble starts to show Covid-19 symptoms.

From 4 July, the social distancing rules in England will change. From this date you will be able to:

  • Meeting other households - You will be able to meet one other household of any size indoors or outdoors and stay overnight
  • Distance from others - The 2 metres rule will be changed and people will need to stay 'one metre plus' away from others
  • Leisure activities - Pubs, restaurants, cinemas, hotels and museums will be allowed to reopen, with social distancing guidance in place.

Scotland

The key public health guidance for Scotland is below. You can find more detailed public health guidance on Public Health Scotland.

  • Meeting other people - You can meet up with people from up to two other households as long as you stay outside and are all 2 metres apart
  • Exercise – You can exercise and socialise outside for an unlimited number of times a day but all activities should be done as locally as possible (within five miles of your home)
  • Going to work – You should only go to work when you cannot work from home
  • Face coverings - The Scottish Government has made wearing a mask mandatory on public transport.

Wales

The key public health guidance for Wales is below. You can find more detailed public health guidance on Public Health Wales.

  • Meeting other people - You can meet up with people from one other household as long as you stay outside and are all 2 metres apart
  • Exercise – You can exercise and socialise outside for an unlimited number of times a day but all activities should be done as locally as possible
  • Going to work – You should only go to work when you cannot work from home
  • Face coverings - The Welsh Government has advised wearing masks with three layers, as outlined in the WHO guidance.

Northern Ireland

The key public health guidance for Northern Ireland is below. You can find more detailed public health guidance on Public Health Agency.

  • Meeting other people - Groups of up to 10 people from different households can meet up, providing you stay outside and are all 2 metres apart. Groups of up to six people can meet indoors, as long as you maintain social distancing
  • Exercise – You can exercise and socialise outside for an unlimited number of times a day but all activities should be done as locally as possible
  • Going to work – You should only go to work when you cannot work from home
  • Face coverings - Face coverings are advised, especially in enclosed spaces but wearing one isn't mandatory.

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
  • 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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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.

You can also read our consultation submission to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee call for evidence on Covid-19 and food supply.

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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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