Covid-19, or the Coronavirus, is affecting people’s lives right across the world, and here in Newcastle and Gateshead, we are doing everything we can to help our communities stay safe.
This page provides practical information to help you, as we all adapt to the changes in our lives from Covid-19.
It sets out what you can do to reduce the spread of the virus and stay safe, as well as where to find support if you need it.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Only call NHS 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.
Do not delay treatment
It is important to remind people who have serious healthcare needs or symptoms they are worried about, to continue to contact their local practice to get the help they need.
In the video below, Dr Mark Dornan explains how to get the healthcare you need during the coronavirus outbreak – and says if you do need help, please don’t wait.
Health resource guide
Our health resource guide is designed for patients and members of the public. It brings together advice from a range of sources to help and support you in managing and maintaining your health through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.