Information about Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new type of illness. There are now a number of people in the UK who have got it and it is spread easily.

People who are ill with the virus may have a cough and a high temperature.

We have created some easy read information about coronavirus for you to use, as well as information based on the latest guidance from the government.

Take a look at the information below and download our latest easy read guidance (from 24 March 2020).

Download our easy read guide

Latest guidance

To help stop coronavirus spreading the government have now said that everyone must stay at home.

You can only leave home to:

  • shop for essentials
  • exercise once a day
  • get medical treatment.

You should only be travelling to work if you really have to (many shops and businesses are now closed).

You can see our latest easy read guide on this information here.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has written to every household in the UK to explain the guidance and ask people to stay at home. You can see an easy read version of the letter here.

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature and a cough that doesn’t go away. If you have one or both of these symptoms, you might have coronavirus, and you should try to find out if you do

Do not go to your doctors if you think you have coronavirus.

Contact NHS 111 straight away. This will tell you what you need to do next.

You can do this online by visiting the NHS 111 online service.

They may tell you to stay at home and not be near other people for several days. This is called self-isolating.

When to self-isolate

If you or someone you live with has a high temperature or a cough you should stay at home completely - do not even go out to the shops or for exercise.

The government have said that if you live with friends and/or family you need to stay at home for 14 days (which is the same as 2 weeks).

If you live on your own, you still need to self-isolate, but you will only need to do this for 7 days (which is the same as 1 week).

Support for vulnerable people

If you live in England and have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus you can register to get extra help with things like food deliveries.

Even if you're not sure if your medical condition makes you vulnerable, register anyway.

(See separate guidance if you live in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.)

How to help stop coronavirus spreading

To help stop the spread of coronavirus the government have said that everyone must stay at home.

You can only leave home to:

  • shop for essentials
  • exercise once a day
  • get medical treatment.

You should only be travelling to work if you really have to (most shops and businesses are now closed).

As well as this, you can help to stop the spread of coronavirus by:

  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • putting any tissues you use in a bin
  • coughing or sneezing into your sleeve instead of your hand, if you don't have a tissue
  • trying not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.

It is really important that you wash your hands carefully and regularly. You should do this after coughing or sneezing and before eating any food. You should always wash your hands when you get home or into work.

Easy read information about coronavirus

We've created some guides about coronavirus. They are all accessible for people with a learning disability to use and are easy read format.

We will be adding more here over the next few weeks, so be sure to come back and have a look again soon.

Click each of the headings below to show links to each guide.

Information and resources from other organisations

You might find it useful to take a look at some information and resources relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) from other organisations.

Click each of the headings below to show links to each guide or website.

Information for carers

Easy read information on protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus (from Public Health England)

Coronavirus guidance for carers (from Carers UK)

Information for families

The National Autistic Society (NAS) have created some helpful resources around coronavirus for people with autism and their friends and family members, including:

Top tips for families to help deal with this period of change and uncertainty

How to support a friend, family member or neighbour deal with this time of uncertainty

Resources for autistic people and their families

Information about mental health and wellbeing

Easy read guidance on looking after your feelings and your body (from Public Health England)

Coronavirus and your wellbeing (from Mind, the mental health charity)

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing if you are staying home (from the Mental Health Foundation)

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus (from NHS One You)

Mental wellbeing whilst staying at home (from NHS One You)

Information about working from home

Cue cards to help when you need to say something in a video meeting (from Keep Safe)


How to wash your hands thoroughly

Doctors and nurses have told us that when washing your hands you should follow these steps:

  1. Wet your hands under warm running water
  2. Apply a small amount of soap
  3. Rub your hands together and make sure that the soap and water cover all over your hands
  4. Carefully wash your palms, the backs of your hands, your fingertips, thumbs, your wrists and nails
  5. Rinse your hands under running water
  6. Dry your hands thoroughly.

Find out more

There is an online coronavirus service that tells you about the virus and if you need medical help.

Visit the NHS 111 website to find out more.



Talk to us

We know this is a difficult and unusual time. We're here to help.

If you need information or advice you can contact our helpline or if you can, have a chat on our online community

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