Get help Coronavirus resources Coronavirus - advice, guidance and rules If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus, or want to know about testing and tracing programmes, see this article. This article gives an overview of official guidance and rules on lockdown, categories of vulnerable patients, and how to get help. There are links to the full documents at the bottom of this page. There are five sections to the advice below: Requirements for everyone – EnglandRequirements for everyone – ScotlandRequirements for everyone – WalesRequirements for everyone – Northern IrelandIf you need support.While the rules and guidance are broadly similar throughout the United Kingdom, there are detailed differences between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and there may be local variations in the level of restrictions on day-to-day life. Links to rules and guidance in the devolved nations are included below. General resources NHS advice on what to do if you are unwell - UKWorking safely during coronavirus (contains links to equivalent advice for each devolved nation). Guidance on hand-washing and hygiene remains in place: Wash your hands more often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze, cough, eat, or handle food Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands If you can, wear a cloth face mask when you are indoors with people outside your household, and it is not possible to maintain social distancing (eg in some shops) Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home. Requirements for everyone - England Staying alert and safe (social distancing)Local COVID alert levels - what you need to knowCheck the rules in your areaMeeting people from outside your household (including forming 'bubbles')Guidance on staying at home for households with possible coronavirus – Public Health EnglandGuidance for people receiving direct payments. Back to top Requirements for everyone - Scotland Staying safe and protecting othersForming extended householdsLocal advice and measures Back to top Requirements for everyone - Wales Protecting yourself and others from coronavirusLeaving your home and seeing other peopleSocial distancing guidanceGuidance on extended householdsCoronavirus regulations: FAQsLocal lockdowns Back to top Requirements for everyone – Northern Ireland Overview and adviceStaying at home and self-isolationCOVID-19 regulations Back to top If you need support Many local voluntary groups have been formed to help people who need support due to coronavirus. To find out if there is one in your area, visit covidmutualaid.org. The service On Hand can also match people who need help with vetted volunteers. In Scotland, Ready Scotland offered a portal for both volunteering and seeking assistance locally. In Wales, see Volunteering Wales. There is also support available for all patients and members of the public. The NHS has created a new service via the messaging app WhatsApp. Enter the number 07860 064422 into your contacts, then message it the word 'hi' to get started. This is a 'chatbot' service that can provide you with information. See this article for information on what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19, and how to get a test. If online information is not sufficient and you need to speak to someone, you can call NHS 111. You can of course also call the Patients Association helpline on 0800 3457115 for free information, advice and signposting, between 9:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email at any time. Back to topLast updated: 16th October 12:15.