Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, you should:

Do these even if you completed your first round of COVID-19 vaccination, had a booster, or had COVID-19 in the past.

Certain groups of people with symptoms should get a COVID-19 test.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

There are other things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Do

  • get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose when it's available to you
  • keep at least 2 metres (around 6 feet) away from people you do not live with
  • wash your hands properly and often
  • wear a face mask in crowded places outdoors and when you move around in public indoor spaces
  • cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve - put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
  • meet people outdoors where possible
  • try to avoid crowded places where you cannot keep a distance from people - there's a greater risk of infection in crowded and enclosed places
  • check that visitors to your home or workplace do not have symptoms of COVID-19, colds or flu
  • let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible when you have visitors
  • clean objects and surfaces that other people touch

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • do not share objects that touch your mouth, for example, bottles or cups
  • do not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible
  • do not wear gloves instead of washing your hands - your hands can get contaminated when you take them off

Read about how COVID-19 is spread

When not to meet other people

You should not meet someone else if you:

Check with people before you meet them to make sure they are symptom-free and feeling well.

Read advice for people at very high risk from COVID-19

Last updated: 2 March 2022 at 12pm