Official Sources of Information
The UK Government and the NHS will keep people informed of new advice and developments. Please check the following sources of advice frequently:
- GOV.UK will keep you in touch with how the Government is responding and how you can help.
- The NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes the latest health information about how to protect yourself or check if you need medical help.
- General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Public Health England
- Follow Public Health England or The Department of Health and Social Care on Twitter for regular updates.
Government Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp
- To use the free service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
Making donations to others during COVID-19
We have seen some fantastic campaigns to support charity and donation-giving during the COVID-19 outbreak. Some people are naturally anxious about the risk of passing on COVID-19 via items donated between different households and settings (where it is not known what infection prevention measures have been taken). The Public Health team has been receiving queries as a result. We give the following advice:
‘Making donations of items that can be used and enjoyed by others during the COVID-19 outbreak is a great way for people and communities to support each other. At the same time, it is important that we do all we can to protect ourselves and others from catching and spreading the virus. We know the virus can live on surfaces outside the human body for a short period of time, therefore we recommend where possible that any donated items, such as toys, are left in a tied bag or covered for a period of three days before sharing between different households or settings. Good hand hygiene remains the best approach to reducing the spread of the virus, so anyone handling donations is advised to wash their hands (before and after touching items) for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water’’.