Advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Trusted sources of information

The recommended sources of information for Derbyshire residents about coronavirus (COVID-19) are the NHS, the UK Government, Public Health England and Derbyshire County Council.

Derbyshire Community Response Unit

Derbyshire County Council is co-ordinating a massive community response across the county to make sure vulnerable residents are supported through the coronavirus outbreak.

The Derbyshire Community Response Unit has information for those who need help, people who want to volunteer and for partner organisations who are going to co-ordinate help in their local area.

Safeguarding information for volunteers

Waltham Forest Council has produced a short video for volunteers who are working anywhere to support their local residents. The purpose of the video is to raise the awareness with volunteers of safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults, and tell them what to do if they see something that does not feel right. The message is simple: if you see something, say something.

Information in different languages

Doctors of the World have produced Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in dozens of languages, in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice.

British Sign Language (BSL) information

Sign Health have British sign language (BSL) videos about the coronavirus (COVID-19), including the daily government announcements.

Easy read information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health England has produced an easy read guide about the coronavirus (COVID-19) for protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus, also called shielding. The guidance is attached to this page.

Social distancing

The UK Government has produced information about social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and those protecting older people and vulnerable people.

Emotional health and wellbeing

If you are feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed at the moment, then that is perfectly normal. You may be worried about your health and the health of your loved ones, be concerned about money or unsure about how social distancing will affect you. Derbyshire County Council has collected together a list of resources with some great tips to help you look after your emotional health at this time.

Safeguarding adults for people who are self-isolating

Attached to this page is a poster about safeguarding adults for people who are self-isolating.

Coronavirus-related scams

Derbyshire County Council's Trading Standards team is urging residents to be extra vigilant and keep themselves safe from scammers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Working with Derbyshire police, trading standards officers are urging people to be wary of possible new coronavirus-related scams being used by doorstep callers and online fraudsters.