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COVID 19 - Somerset Support Number: 0300 790 6275

Getting help and support relating to the Coronavirus  click - here



Please find below links to useful information about help and support during the coronavirus crisis.

Note: By clicking on the blue copy on each page, you will open up a link that takes you directly to the relevant information.


Thank you song to the NHS

Love for the people - "Angel by my side" - click here

Coronavirus - Information, advice and support overview



COVID 19 - Somerset Support Number: 0300 790 6275

Getting help and support relating to the Coronavirus  click - here




What are the symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID - 19)?

For most people, the coronavirus (COVID-19) produces mild symptoms which include:

• a cough
• high temperature (fever)
• shortness of breath

18 May 2020, new information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms have were announced.

Self-isolate if you have any of the following:

  • A new continuous cough
  • fever
  • And, as of 18 May 2020, loss or change in your sense of smell (anosmia).

Stay at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation*)

  • Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started.


Self help resources - social isolation and distancing

A new practical resource "Every Mind Matters" has been created to help you discover simple steps to look after your mental health - click here


What should I do if someone in my home develops symptoms?

You should self-isolate for 14 days from when the person in your house first developed the symptoms.

Testing for the coronavirus

31st May 2020 - The NHS test and trace service was launched. 

Anyone who has symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID 19), can now ask for a test to check whether they have the virus.

For more information about testing go to the NHS website - click here 

Or dial 119

For more information about how the test and trace system works go to the GOV.UK website - click here

More information

Most people can be fine after plenty of rest. However, for some (usually the elderly or those with an underlying health condition), it can lead to severe respiratory issues.

Please click on the following links for further information: 

For details about symptoms - click here

For details about what to do if you think you have the coronavirus - click here

For household guidance about staying at home - click here

Or call: 111

For more information about the 111 service  - click here

Who can be tested?

Read Government updates on who can be tested by clicking - here


What does self isolation mean?

Self-isolating means staying at home and not leaving it, other than for exercise. Don't go to work, school or public areas during this time.

People are advised to self isolate for the following reasons:

1 - Showing signs of the coronavirus

If they or members of their household have, or are showing signs of the coronavirus. For more information  click - here 

2 - If they are "shielding"                                               

If they are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

What is shielding?

For government updates on "shielding" click - here

HM Lord Lieutenant Annie Maw talks about her shielding experience during the Covid-19 pandemic to listen and view click - here

For more information about people who are at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus see NHS information click - here  


What does social distancing mean?                                                                   


Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of Corona virus (COVID-19). 

For more information on social distancing - click here


What does contact tracing mean?

Protecting the public from infectious disease through “contact tracing”.
Public Health England will identify all close contacts of anyone who tested positive and give further advice.

For more information about contact tracing - click here


Who can help?

There are many organisations, groups and individuals that can help you during this difficult time.

For more information about who can help you - click here 


Advice for everyone

Our NHS, national and local government websites provide useful and current updates.

Find the current NHS England guidance in relation to the coronavirus (COVID - 19) - click here



For more information about what you can and can't do during the coronavirus crisis - click here

For the latest national and local information - click here