rating button
Symptoms and preventing spread of the virus | What is coronavirus? | Birmingham City Council

Scheduled maintenance

Due to essential maintenance some of our forms will be unavailable today (28 January 2020) from 6:30pm to 10pm. We apologise for any inconvenience. Coronavirus (COVID-19) National lockdown: Stay at Home

Symptoms and preventing spread of the virus

Stay at home if you have any of the symptoms issued by the government

Basic hygiene precautions remain the best way of significantly reducing the chances of spreading any virus:

  • sneeze or cough into a tissue and then bin it
  • wash your hands frequently
  • don’t touch your face

How to stop infection spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.


  • wash your hands with soap and water often, do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Best way to wash your hands

Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop viruses like coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading.


The NHS has step by step instructions on the best way to wash your hands:

How to wash your hands

Dr Hillary videos

Managing mild symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) at home

Staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19)