We can all play our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help protect the more vulnerable members of our communities.

Simple and effective things like regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds can help stop the spread and also protect you and your community.

Check out the links below for tips, advice and to keep yourself up to date:

Advice for Parents

Advice for parents during coronavirus

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured.

Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done.

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Advice from NHW



You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response


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Coronavirus on WhatsApp

The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp.

The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.


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Major Pandemics Last 100 Years

The table below shows the impact of some of the major respiratory virus pandemics and epidemics in the last 100 years

Major respiratory virus outbreaks

*the proportion of people who became ill with symptoms and subsequently died
Area of emergence
Estimated case fatality ratio*
Estimated attributable excess mortality worldwide
Estimated attributable excess mortality in the UK
Age groups most affected

Spanish Flu 1918 – 1919 Severe influenza pandemic

Unclear ≥ 2% 20 – 50
200,000 Young adults, elderly and young children

Asian Flu 1957 – 1958 Moderate influenza pandemic

Southern China 0.1 – 0.2% 1 – 4 million 33,000 Children

Hong Kong Flu 1968 – 1969 Moderate influenza pandemic

Southern China 0.2 – 0.4% 1 – 4 million 80,000 All age groups

Swine Flu 2009 – 2010 Very mild influenza pandemic

Mexico <0.025% 18,000 457 Children, young adults and pregnant women

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome 2012 Continuing coronavirus pandemic threat

Middle East

30% 8610 0 Elderly (60+)

Serious Acute Respiratory Syndrome 2002 - 2003 Severe coronavirus pandemic ‘near-miss’

China 10% 7740 0 Middle aged adults (45 - 65)

Seasonal flu epidemic 1989 - 1990 Severe influenza seasonal epidemic

UK Data not available Not applicable 26,000
excess deaths in England and Wales
Elderly 75+

 The UK is well prepared for disease outbreaks, having responded to a wide range of infectious disease outbreaks in the recent past, and having undertaken significant preparedness work for an influenza pandemic for well over one decade (eg. our existing plan ‘flu plans'). Our plans have been regularly tested and updated locally and nationally to ensure they are fit for purpose.