But the news can seem like information overload, which makes it hard to understand what the most important advice is during this challenging time.
To help you, we’ve put together some top ‘dos and don’ts’ to protect yourself, your home and others.
Do: Wash your hands and use hand sanitiser
Keeping your hands clean is very important. Wash your hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds. If you’re not near a sink, use hand sanitiser gel.
Don’t touch your face, your eyes, nose, or mouth
These areas are main gateways for bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus. By washing your hands regularly and avoiding unnecessary contact such as shaking hands, you can avoid transmitting the virus.
Do work from home if you can
If you can work remotely (from home) it’s a really good idea to do it. This can prevent you from having contact with people who may be infected with the virus.
Don’t flush anything other than toilet paper
We know, toilet paper isn’t the easiest thing to find in the shops at the moment. But please don’t flush anything other than toilet paper down your toilet. Baby wipes, kitchen roll and other alternatives stick together and block your pipes and pumps which can lead to flooding of homes and gardens.
Do use tissues for sneezes and coughs
It’s important to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, but also important not to use your hands to do this. Make sure you use a tissue to catch a sneeze or cough and throw it away afterwards. If you don’t have a tissue, try using your sleeve to keep your hands clean.
Don’t hold or attend large gatherings
Meeting in large numbers increases the risk of getting the virus or passing it on to others. Vulnerable people like the elderly are most at risk when it comes to coronavirus, so let’s work together to protect them by avoiding large gatherings.
Do let us know if you are self-isolating or have coronavirus
If you have been asked to self-isolate, or have tested positive for coronavirus, it’s important that you notify us as soon as possible. You can let us know quickly through our online contact form. If you can’t access our website, give us a call instead.
Don’t have visitors to your home
To help prevent the spread of coronavirus by minimising contact with other people you should stop visits to your home where possible. Cancelling all non-essential visitors will help protect you, your family and others who live around you.
For further guidance and advice, visit the NHS coronavirus page.