Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information

Protect yourself and others

Stay alert

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

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read more about what you can and cannot do.

 

 

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a fever
  • loss/change to your normal sense of smell or taste

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable.

Those with symptoms and living alone should remain at home for 7 days after the onset of their symptoms (information on ending self-isolation). This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, then household members must stay at home and not leave your house for 14 days. If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. 

Ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online, but make sure these are left outside your home for you to collect.

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing

If a shielded person chooses to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of their own household. If they live alone, they can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time. If they do go out, they should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart.

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Emergency Support Helpline for vulnerable people needing urgent help with food, medicines and essential supplies

Cumbria County Council and partners have launched an emergency support service and 6 welfare coordination Hubs for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours. If they have no alternative support, these people will now be able to call the Freephone number to request help with getting food, medicines, essential supplies and home deliveries.

Ways to get in touch:

  • Phone - The emergency telephone support helpline is 0800 783 1966.
  • Online - COVID-19 online support form.
  • Email your request for help to COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk.
  • The telephone 'call' centre operates Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and 10am to 2pm at weekends and Bank Holidays. The service also accepts referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

The helpline is there to support those at 'high risk' and includes people over 70 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions who should be protecting themselves by staying at home. The majority of these people will already be receiving support from family, friends or local voluntary groups with tasks like shopping or collection of medicines if they require it. But we know that a small number of people will not have this support.

Find out more about the emergency support helpline


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Further information and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - Find information on coronavirus, including guidance, support, announcements and statistics.

Staying alert and safe (social distancing) - The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do - Frequently asked questions on what you can and can't do during the coronavirus outbreak.

Staying safe outside your home - The principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible.

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    You can help prevent the spread of flu germs and viruses and it's really easy - remember to catch it, bin it, kill it.

    • 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 immediately.
    • Wash your hands  more often for 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
    • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

    Find out more about symptoms and if you're worried.

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