It is important that the advice given by the Government, local health agencies and recognised charities such as Age UK, NICHS (Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke) and the British Heart Foundation is adhered to.
This advice applies to EVERYONE in Northern Ireland, but most importantly to those members of society aged 70 or over - or those aged 70 or over, or younger - with underlying health issues. Ask friends, family and neighbours to support you with essential supplies such as food and medicine. If you are self-isolating because you or someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms or you have been identified on medical grounds as ‘extremely vulnerable’, then you shouldn’t be leaving the house.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a type of virus called coronavirus.
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. The best way to do this is to stay at home:
- only go outside for food, health reasons, work (but only if you cannot work from home) or one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
- if you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times;
- avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;
- do not meet with friends and family – keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media;
- use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services;
- wash your hands well and often, and avoid touching your face
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Download the COVID-19-NI app for more advice and information. To download this app just search for COVID-19-NI on your Apple app store or Android google play store.