Staying safe and well

Updated 16 June 2020 

Information and guidance to help you stay safe and well during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

National information and guidance

The most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak on the GOV.UK FAQs page

Find health information and advice on the NHS website

Coronavirus testing

You can ask for a coronavirus test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

To apply for a test go to the ‘testing for coronavirus’ section on GOV.UK and click the link that applies to you (there is one for essential workers and one for anyone with coronavirus symptoms). 

Plymouth Online Directory 

The Plymouth Online Directory contains local information, contacts and resources to help you stay safe and look after your mental health and wellbeing. 

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to have an impact on everyone’s daily lives. During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you.

It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it. Public Health England have published advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak.

You may find these links helpful:

Scams and Fraud 

Unfortunately there has been a rise in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) scams which are targetting the most vulnerable. These scams will try to con you out of money and may be received by post, email, telephone, text or face to face. 

Be careful when clicking on links in emails and texts and if you're not sure check with family and friends. 

For the latest advice on coronavirus (COVID 19) scams and fraud protection, visit GOV.UKCitizens AdviceTrading Standards or the Action Fraud websites.

Talking to children about Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

We have put together some information and resources to help support you when talking to children about Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Things to do for children and young people

A selection of websites with a range of activities to keep children and young people busy is available on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Things to do for children and young people page.