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Public health advice

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Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice can be found at http://nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.

If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

You should only phone 111 if your symptoms:

  • have not improved after 7 days
  • are severe or you have shortness of breath
  • worsen during home isolation.

You should also phone 111 if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:

  • are 70 years old or over
  • have underlying poor health
  • have heart or lung problems
  • have a weakened immune system, including cancer
  • have diabetes

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.


We're reminding everyone to follow advice from NHS Scotland to reduce the risk of catching or spreading viruses like Coronavirus:

  • avoid direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
  • wash hands with soap and water or, if not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser:
    • after coughing or sneezing
    • after going to the toilet
    • before eating and drinking
  • avoid direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoid using their personal items such as their mobile phone
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use

There is also useful information from the DWP for people who need to claim benefits or who are already claiming benefits during this period of disruption.


Speakers of other languages

If English isn't your first language you can find the latest NHS guidelines translated in 32 languages