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
- Coronavirus testing
- Local information on the Plymouth Online Directory
- Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
- Scams and fraud
- Talking to children about Coronvirus (COVID-19)
- Things to do for children and young people
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.
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).
The Plymouth Online Directory contains local information, contacts and resources to help you stay safe and look 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:
- Staying well at home - tips and ideas to help you while you're at home
- Every Mind Matters – simple tips and advice on taking better care of your mental health
- Every Mind Matters sleep page – practical advice on how to improve your sleep
- NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website – help if you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood
- 10-minute work outs from Public Health England
- NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos to try at home
- Stay in, work out – advice and tips from Sport England on staying active in and around your home
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.
We have put together some information and resources to help support you when talking to children about Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.