Coronavirus Support

This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to coronavirus (COVID-19).

How serious is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus. An NHS overview on COVID-19 can be found here.

The evidence shows us that the vast majority of people who get this virus have relatively mild symptoms and make a full recovery. But in a small percentage of cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. This is particularly true for people with a weakened immune system, for older people and for those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 

What are the symptoms?

If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites two symptoms to look out for as:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A fever or high temperature

What should I do if I have either of the above symptoms?

If you live alone - isolate yourself at home immediately for 7 days

If you live with others - you should all isolate yourselves at home for 14 days - this 14-day period starts from the day the first person in the home noticed the symptoms.

If at-risk people share your home - such as those who are older and those with underlying health conditions - the NHS advise for them to move out, perhaps to stay with friends or family for the whole isolation period. They need to minimise contact with others during this period whether or not they are able to move out.

The Government response to COVID-19 is guided by medical and scientific advice received from the independent Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor, taking into account information from the NHS and other relevant public bodies. It is fast-moving and Government advice on Coronavirus is subject to change – for the latest information visit and the COVID-19 page.

The Government's COVID-19 Action Plan can be found by clicking here.

Support for Meon Valley Residents

Neighbourhood help around Meon Valley

Click here If you are looking for local support groups or ways to volunteer in Meon Valley 

Do you have coronavirus symptoms?

If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus service.

Support for children and families 

The Children's society have created a coronavirus hub with resources ranging from loneliness and well-being packs to how to deal with family conflict. Click here to visit the hub.

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Click here if you or any of your household have coronavirus symptoms and want to check the governments advice

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Click here to find out what support and advice is available for business owners, employees or self employed people

Guidance for people travelling overseas

Click here to see the latest government advice for those currently abroad and those planning to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Click here to see the latest government advice for social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Guidance for schools and other educational settings

Click here to see the latest government advice for educational facilities and staff

Guidance for those struggling with their mental heath

Click here to see the latest government advice for those struggling with their mental health during these challenging times

Every Mind Matters is another valuable source of information to help you look after your mental health

Mind have also produced some advice for people struggling with their mental health due to coronavirus

Guidance for the most clinically vulnerable

Click here to see the latest government advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people

Macmillan Cancer Support has produced comprehensive advice for people with cancer about how COVID-19 will impact their treatment and care

Guidance for care homes

Click here to find out more about how to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.


See Also

Coronavirus Support for Local Businesses

Measures to support businesses 

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Here are the latest financial support schemes your business can register for.

Coronavirus: Myth busters

Myth: 5G mobile networks spread COVID-19

Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks.COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.


NHS Guidelines and Helpline

NHS Guidelines

A new NHS 111 online service has been put in place to help people get quick advice about coronavirus, as enquiries to the health service about the outbreak have surged.

NHS staff to have free parking

The government will cover the costs of providing free car parking to NHS staff working in hospitals during this unprecedented time, the Health Secretary has pledged today.

Businesses can delay filing their accounts for 3 months

Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19

Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Published 25 March 2020

Waterlooville is definitely at the top of my agenda

Today someone rightly rang me to complain that I hadn't mentioned Waterlooville in the press article in the News. I can assure you that Waterlooville is definitely on my list of helpful contacts. Here is the information I have for Waterloovile residents so far:

Hampshire County council warn 'Watch out for scams'

This post from Hampshire County Council does worry me. It is one of the reasons that I have set up the 'Neighbourhood help around Meon Valley' page, so people know who are the right people to go to for help.

Guide to Social Distances and advice

Here is further guidance on social distances and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. There are also links to NHS webpages which you might find helpful.