15 April 2020

COVID-19 or coronavirus is an illness that can affect the lungs and airways. COVID-19 has symptoms similar to the flu. In almost all cases people will not die from having coronavirus.

However, for people over the age of 70 and or/with existing health conditions, it can have increased risks.

How do I know if I might have Coronavirus?

Most people, and especially young people, will not experience severe symptoms. However, you may experience some symptoms which might include;

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

What do I do if I’ve got these symptoms?

  • The NHS recommends isolating yourself for 7 days if you have ether of the above symptoms
  • Let a member of staff know that you are feeling unwell
  • Staff will make arrangements for you to isolate yourself in your accommodation
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

What if I feel really unwell?

You can contact NHS 111 for urgent advice if for example:

    • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms
    • your condition gets worse
    • our symptoms do not get better after 7 days

How do you stop spreading coronavirus?

  • Always wash your hands when you go in or out of the building
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Toilet paper will do the job. If this is not available, then ask staff
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Only travel on public transport if you need to
  • Avoid social activities and areas with large groups of people (see section on day centres and support services)
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Avoid having visitors to your room including friends and family
  • Do not shake dirty laundry – this can spread the virus

For more information

 NHS Guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid19
General questions and answers:

Drug Treatment and COVID-19: https://www.release.org.uk/blog/drug-treatmentand- coronaviruscovid19
Harm reduction and covid-19 for people who use drugs: https://www.talkingdrugs.org/ covid19harm-reduction-for-people-who-use-drugs


NHS 111 is a free service you can contact if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. You can contact it through: 111.nhs.uk or call 111. You can call NHS 111 free from a mobile or a pay phone. Be patient as there may be a wait to speak to someone.