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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Clinical presentation may range from mild-to-moderate illness to pneumonia or severe acute respiratory infection. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 12 March 2020. We now have spread of COVID-19 within communities in the UK.

Extensive measures have been implemented across many countries to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the UK the current recommendations are for everyone to stay at home as much as possible and severely restrict their interactions with others outside the household.

Information for the public and health professionals advising patients

Further information for the public on COVID-19 can be found on NHS Inform. NHS Inform includes a link to enable people to obtain a self-isolation note for employment and statutory sick pay purposes.

Guidance for use in Scotland

HPS continues to update its guidance for health protection teams and healthcare practitioners as the situation evolves, as well as providing guidance for non-healthcare settings including schools, places of detention, and separate guidance for social care settings.

Always check this website to ensure that any guidance you are using is the latest version. 

Healthcare settings

Infection prevention and control in healthcare settings

Other settings

First responders

Educational resources

Turas Learn website has a range of NHS Education for Scotland (NES) educational and induction resources for all health and social care staff and volunteers deployed to support clinical services. Requirements are under constant review and additional resources will be added as required.


  • For the general public, guidance can be found on fitfortravel.
  • For health professionals, guidance can be found on ​TRAVAX.

Where a COVID-19 risk is identified then country pages will contain updated guidance.