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Where to go for government and health advice in the coronavirus crisis

Expert advice on coronavirus

This page is devoted to links for official and expert information for everyone with questions about specific health conditions and what we can and can’t do in the crisis.

We will be updating the page regularly as more advice becomes available.

Government advice and resources

Protecting the extremely vulnerable at risk of severe illness

Register for help for an extremely vulnerable person

Guidelines for staying in and going out (25 March)

Guidance for providers of residential care, supported living and home care

Sign up for newgov.uk government advice email alerts

Shielding people at risk published by the Scottish government

The UK Gov has just launched a WhatsApp chatbot service for information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting. To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

Health advice

Risk, symptoms and self-isolating from the NHS

Coronanxiety by Anxiety UK

Supporting those with dementia by Dementia UK

Coronavirus and multiple sclerosis, from the MS Trust, and help and support from the international Overcoming MS organisation.

Advice for those with cancer from the One Cancer Voice group of 19 cancer charities

For those with heart or circulatory conditions from Heart Matters, the magazine of the British Heart Foundation

Coronavirus and diabetes from Diabetes UK

Support for those with pancreatic cancer from Pancreatic Cancer UK

Telephone support for those with macular disease from the Macular Society

Hearing support services available from Action on Hearing Loss


Advice for carers on looking after your own health from CarersUK

Food shopping and deliveries

Many of the major supermarkets are instigating shopping hours intended for the old and vulnerable. Take a look at our article which is being updated regularly. These vary from organisation to organisation, so the best move is to visit their websites to find out more.

Staying at home

Keeping in touch, with and without internet access, by U3A (University of the 3rd Age)

Free, online boredom-busting resources from Chatterpack



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