Health information and advice

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a new continuous cough or
  • fever or
  • loss of/change in smell or taste.

You should self-isolate at home if you are feeling ill or someone in your household has symptoms in line with government guidance.

This will help to protect your colleagues, service users and others in your community. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. If you are self-isolating with symptoms, please follow the council’s normal absence reporting procedures.

You should continue to follow the key public health advice that can help stop the spread of illnesses, including coronavirus (COVID-19) - see the advice in the next section.

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a new continuous cough or
  • fever or
  • loss of/change in smell or taste.

You should self-isolate at home if you are feeling ill or someone in your household has symptoms in line with government guidance.

This will help to protect your colleagues, service users and others in your community. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. If you are self-isolating with symptoms, please follow the council’s normal absence reporting procedures.

You should continue to follow the key public health advice that can help stop the spread of illnesses, including coronavirus (COVID-19) - see the advice in the next section.

  • Preventing infection

    about 2 months ago

    Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to prevent the spread of infection:

    • wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • if you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school
    • always carry tissues with you to cover your cough or sneeze, then throw...

    Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to prevent the spread of infection:

    • wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • if you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school
    • always carry tissues with you to cover your cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
    • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
    • if you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
    • if you are showing symptoms, follow PHE guidance.
  • How the virus is spread

    about 2 months ago

    From what is known about other coronaviruses, transmission of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with a symptomatic individual. It is likely that the risk of transmission increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

    There are two main routes by which COVID-19 can spread:

    • infection can be spread to people through close contact (within 2 metres) with infected individuals and respiratory droplets generated during coughing and sneezing
    • it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person...

    From what is known about other coronaviruses, transmission of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with a symptomatic individual. It is likely that the risk of transmission increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

    There are two main routes by which COVID-19 can spread:

    • infection can be spread to people through close contact (within 2 metres) with infected individuals and respiratory droplets generated during coughing and sneezing
    • it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching a door knob or shaking hands then touching your own face).


    Therefore, regular hand hygiene and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will help to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Advice on self-isolation

    about 2 months ago

    If you think you are showing symptoms of corona virus, you should follow this advice:

    • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You should not leave the house.

    If you can work from home, and are well enough, you can continue to work. If you are too ill to work, you should let your manager know as soon as possible.

    You should return to work on your next working day after Day 7 (if you no longer have symptoms).

    If you think you are showing symptoms of corona virus, you should follow this advice:

    • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You should not leave the house.

    If you can work from home, and are well enough, you can continue to work. If you are too ill to work, you should let your manager know as soon as possible.

    You should return to work on your next working day after Day 7 (if you no longer have symptoms).

    • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
    • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
    • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period
    • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
    • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.

    We know that this can seem complicated and HR have had a number of questions about self-isolation. For more detailed advice, please see our Spotlight on self-isolation guide.

  • Vulnerable and extremely vulnerable people

    about 2 months ago

    The Government has produced a list of groups of people who are considered to be ‘vulnerable’ due to age or health conditions. This means that they are of increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19)

    These groups are still able to work, but should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

    Please see the government guidance on vulnerable people where you can see the groups that are considered to be vulnerable..

    There are other groups of people who are considered ‘extremely vulnerable’ with even higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19. These groups should be shielded to minimise...

    The Government has produced a list of groups of people who are considered to be ‘vulnerable’ due to age or health conditions. This means that they are of increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19)

    These groups are still able to work, but should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

    Please see the government guidance on vulnerable people where you can see the groups that are considered to be vulnerable..

    There are other groups of people who are considered ‘extremely vulnerable’ with even higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19. These groups should be shielded to minimise their interaction with others. This includes not leaving their homes and minimising all non-essential contact with members of their household. They will have received a letter from the NHS with specific instructions to follow.

    Please see the Government guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people which includes the list of groups considered to be ‘extremely vulnerable’.

  • Social distancing

    about 2 months ago

    Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    You should follow the government guidance on social distancing.

    Stay at home

    • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
    • if you go out, stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people at all times
    • wash your hands as soon as you get home.

    Do not meet others, even friends or family.

    You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

    Read more about what...

    Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    You should follow the government guidance on social distancing.

    Stay at home

    • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
    • if you go out, stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people at all times
    • wash your hands as soon as you get home.

    Do not meet others, even friends or family.

    You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

    Read more about what you can and cannot do

    This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

    There is more information on social distancing on the Public Health England website.

  • COVID-19 testing

    21 days ago

    COVID-19 testing is now available for:

    • All adults
    • All children aged 5 and above
    • 5-11 year olds can only have the test administered by a parent/guardian
    • 12-17 year holds can self-administer a test or have their parent/guardian do so on their behalf


    Essential Workers and members of their household who have symptoms should register for a test by sending an email to covid-19testing@lbbd.gov.uk

    If you fall into one of these categories, you can book either a home, drive-through or walk-in test. Mobile testing units are also being planned within the Borough.

    To book a test, please email covid-19testing@lbbd.gov.uk – you...

    COVID-19 testing is now available for:

    • All adults
    • All children aged 5 and above
    • 5-11 year olds can only have the test administered by a parent/guardian
    • 12-17 year holds can self-administer a test or have their parent/guardian do so on their behalf


    Essential Workers and members of their household who have symptoms should register for a test by sending an email to covid-19testing@lbbd.gov.uk

    If you fall into one of these categories, you can book either a home, drive-through or walk-in test. Mobile testing units are also being planned within the Borough.

    To book a test, please email covid-19testing@lbbd.gov.uk – you will then receive an automated reply with details of how to book.

    The test only works during the first five days of symptoms, so it is really important that you take prompt action if you have symptoms, seven days a week,

    You must also let your manager know that you have symptoms immediately so that this can be recorded on Oracle.

    For more information on self-isolation if you or a member of your household has COVID-19 symptoms, please see the advice on self-isolation page.

    For more information on testing, please see the national guidance or email covid-19testing@lbbd.gov.uk if you have any further questions.


  • What you can and can't do

    22 days ago

    The Government has produced updated advice on what you can and can’t do during the current pandemic and lockdown period, including:

    • When you can leave the house
    • Whether you can see friends or relatives
    • Visiting parks or green spaces to exercise
    • Using your car.

    The Government has produced updated advice on what you can and can’t do during the current pandemic and lockdown period, including:

    • When you can leave the house
    • Whether you can see friends or relatives
    • Visiting parks or green spaces to exercise
    • Using your car.