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Where to go for government, health and care 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

The UK government offers advice and requirements primarily for England, while the Scottish and Welsh authorities may have different advice. At the moment (mid April 2020), all are issuing the same guidance.

The UK government is issuing updated guidance for all areas of life on a daily basis. You can find this at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Or you can sign up for   government advice email alerts.

Scottish goverment advice on coronavirus

The Scottish National Well-being Hub includes help for families and individuals as well as care organisations

Advice on coronavirus in Wales

Protecting the extremely vulnerable at risk of severe illness

Shielding people at risk published by the Scottish government

Gov.uk Register for help for an extremely vulnerable person

Gov.uk Action plan for social care (15 April)

The UK Gov has also 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 and Dementia care during the Covid 19 pandemic from the Scottish Care Inspectorate

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

Government advice issued to care homes

End of life

Guidance on care in the last stages of life from Hospice UK

Updates on deaths and funeral management from the National Association of Funeral Directors

Food shopping and deliveries

Many of the major supermarkets are instigating shopping hours intended for the old and vulnerable. These vary from organisation to organisation, so the best move is to visit their websites to find out more.

Many Post Offices are still open, providing essential services.

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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