Coronavirus: Government advises against all non-essential social contact across Britain

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a raft of drastic new measures on Monday.

The Government is asking for people to begin avoiding all unnecessary social contact as part of a massive step up in the fight against coronavirus.

On Monday afternoon (March 16) prime minister Boris Johnson said;

  • Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days.
  • People should start working from home where they possible can.
  • Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.
  • Only use the NHS when they really need to.

He added the UK is approaching the “fast growth part of the upward curve” in the outbreak.

He said without “drastic action”, cases could double every five to six days.

As a result, the government is asking for people to begin avoiding all unnecessary social contact.


Concerned you have symptoms? What you should do;

Stay at home for 14 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Others in the household should also stay at home, even if they feel well.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. But you should contact the service IF;

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

More information is available on the NHS website.


Coronavirus is a respiratory illness which affects the lungs in some cases. It is not clear exactly how it is spread but similar illnesses are spread by cough droplets.

The advice on avoiding spreading the disease includes washing hands more often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.

Most people will not have a serious illness and recover at home. But some people need hospital treatment for lung problems and a small portion of those infected – thought to be around 1 per cent – die from the virus.

Covid-19 typically starts with a cough and fever. In some cases these later develop into breathing difficulties.

More information is available on the NHS website and at Public Health England.

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