Coronavirus: Latest NHS guidelines to protect yourself and stop Covid-19 spreading

CORONAVIRUS is continuing to spread across the UK, with cases now more than 450.

Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 5:36 pm

Public Health England confirmed that as of 9am Wednesday a total of 456 people had tested positive for Covid-19.

In Hampshire there have been 13 cases although there are none yet confirmed in Portsmouth.

Six people in the UK have died after being diagnosed with the disease.

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A sign directs directs patients to an NHS 111 Coronavirus Pod testing service area for COVID-19 assessment at University College Hospital in London. Picture: ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images

The UK remains in the containment phase of tackling the spread of coronavirus, ministers have said.

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Moving to the next delay stage would mean that social distancing measures - such as restricting public gatherings and more widespread advice to stay at home - could be brought in.

Earlier in March England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty told MPs the UK was mainly moving towards the delay phase of its strategy to tackle coronavirus.

Deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said over the weekend the UK was ‘teetering on the edge’ of sustained transmission.

If you are worried about to prevent the spread of Covid-19, here's what the latest NHS guidelines say:

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

You should do the following:

- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

- always wash your hands when you get home or into work

- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

The NHS says you should not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Symptoms of Covid-19

People with Covid-19 exhibit flu-like symptoms that generally appear around two to seven days after infection.

Symptoms include:

- A high temperature (fever)

- Extreme tiredness (fatigue)

- Headaches

- Chills

- Muscle pain

- Loss of appetite

- Diarrhoea

What's the latest travel advice?

You may need to get medical advice if you've recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.

These places are:

- Cambodia

- China

- Hong Kong

- Iran

- Italy

- Japan

- Laos

- Macau

- Malaysia

- Myanmar (Burma)

- Singapore

- South Korea

- Taiwan

- Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel

- Thailand

- Vietnam

If you've been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.