[Withdrawn] COVID-19: guidance to assist professionals in advising the general public

Advice on how to prevent spread of the infection, what symptoms to look for and what to do.

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This content has been superseded by information in COVID-19: stay at home guidance.



This guidance will assist professionals in providing advice to the public on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection, what symptoms to look for, and what to do if they become unwell in a variety of settings.

There may be further information specific to each country in the United Kingdom, as this guidance was written by Public Health England (PHE) primarily for an English health professional audience. To see if country specific information is available, please refer to Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales, or Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Updates to this page

Published 1 February 2020
Last updated 25 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated specified countries and areas.

  2. Added information on actions to take when returning from specified countries.

  3. Updated advice for actions on return from China.

  4. First published.

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