Detailed guide: Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

This document provides information for adult social care providers about COVID-19 guidance and support. See the full list of adult social care guidance produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE).This page will be updated to reflect new DHSC, NHS and PHE advice.The guidance relates to England unless stated otherwise.Help with infection prevention and controlGuidance for social care providers on how to prevent, control and protect care workers and those they care for from COVID-19 infection.Infection controlLinks to appropriate PPE resources:See Securing PPE and related supplies below for information on how to access PPE.Supporting staff members at higher risk from COVID-19The…

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Detailed guide: PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

The PPE portal can be used by social care and primary care providers to get critical coronavirus (COVID-19) personal protective equipment (PPE).Providers who can use the service will receive an email invitation to register.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has partnered with eBay, Clipper Logistics and Royal Mail to develop this service.Who can use the portalYou can only log in and place an order if youve received an email invitation to register.The PPE portal can be used by: GPs residential social care providers domiciliary social care providers pharmacies dentists orthodontists optometrists childrens care homes and secure homes childrens residential special schools community drug and alcohol services…

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

You can get a swab test to check if you currently have coronavirus. This is part of the 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.Who can be testedAnyone with symptoms can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age.You may be offered a test if you do not have symptoms. For example, if you work in a hospital or care home, if you attend a university or school, or if there is community testing where you live.Register a home test kitThis advice applies to home swab test kits that are sent to a lab for processing (PCR tests).Once youve taken your…

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

You can get a swab test to check if you currently have coronavirus. This is part of the 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.Who can be testedAnyone with symptoms can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age.You may be offered a test if you do not have symptoms. For example, if you work in a hospital or care home, if you attend a university or school, or if there is community testing where you live.Register a home test kitThis advice applies to home swab test kits that are sent to a lab for processing (PCR tests).Once youve taken your…

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Detailed guide: Making a support bubble with another household

National lockdown: stay at homeYou must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.You must not leave your home unless necessary.Find out what you can and cannot doWhat a support bubble isA support bubble is a support network which links 2 households. You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support bubble. This means not everyone will be able to form a support bubble.Once youre in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in one household. It means you can have close contact with the other household in your bubble…

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Detailed guide: Making a childcare bubble with another household

National lockdown: stay at homeYou must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.You must not leave your home unless necessary.Find out what you can and cannot doIf you live in a household with anyone aged under 14, you can form a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare.What a childcare bubble isA childcare bubble is where one household links with one other household to provide informal childcare to anyone under 14. All adults in both households must agree to this arrangement. Informal childcare means it is…

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Detailed guide: Coming to the UK for seasonal agricultural work on English farms

This is national guidance for England.If youre coming to England to work on a farm as a seasonal worker under the Seasonal Workers Pilot, you and your employer must follow this guidance.Before you travel to the UK you must take a test 48 to 72 hours before your departure date that certifies a negative result for Covid-19.You will not be allowed to enter the UK if you receive a positive test result.Before you travel, you should fill in the Passenger Locator Form with your journey, contact details and the address at the farm where you will work and live. You must provide these details up to 48 hours…

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

You can get a swab test to check if you currently have coronavirus. This is part of the 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.Who can be testedAnyone with symptoms can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age.You may be offered a test if you do not have symptoms. For example, if you work in a hospital or care home, if you attend a university or school, or if there is community testing where you live.Register a home test kitThis advice applies to home swab test kits that are sent to a lab for processing (PCR tests).Once youve taken your…

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Detailed guide: The R number and growth rate in the UK

Latest R number and growth rateLatest R number range for the UK 1.2 to 1.3Latest growth rate range for the UK +2% to +5% per dayAn R number between 1.2 and 1.3 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 13 other people.A growth rate of between +2% and +5% means that the number of new infections is growing by between 2% and 5% every day.The UK estimates of R and growth rate are averages over very different epidemiological situations and should be regarded as a guide to the general trend rather than a description of the epidemic state. Given the increasingly localised…

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

You can get a swab test to check if you currently have coronavirus. This is part of the 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.Who can be testedAnyone with symptoms can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age.You may be offered a test if you do not have symptoms. For example, if you work in a hospital or care home, if you attend a university or school, or if there is community testing where you live.Register a home test kitThis advice applies to home swab test kits that are sent to a lab for processing (PCR tests).Once youve taken your…

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