Skip to main content

Coronavirus (COVID-19) content toolkit How to write about self-care for coronavirus

NHS coronavirus self-care content last updated: 12 January 2021.

We have 4 types of content about self-care for coronavirus (COVID-19). These are designed to be used in different contexts and across a range of products and services.

Short version

While you’re staying at home with coronavirus (COVID-19), you can ease mild symptoms by resting, drinking plenty of fluids and taking painkillers.

This content is best when space is limited – for example, a tweet or text message. It contains all the key information in fewer than 150 characters.

How to use this content

There are several ways you can use the coronavirus content from the NHS website in your website, product or service.

API

Our coronavirus API allows you to integrate the coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the NHS website into your website, product or service.

Widget

Our coronavirus widget is a content box using NHS website styles that contains the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS website.

Sign up for alerts when we change our symptoms content

If you want to adapt our symptoms content for your product or service, we an can alert you each time our content changes.

This can help you make sure your content is always up to date and aligned with the messaging on the NHS website.

Expanded version

There are things you can do to treat mild symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while you’re staying at home (self-isolating).

If you have a high temperature:

  • get lots of rest
  • drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable

If you have a cough:

  • avoid lying on your back – lie on your side or sit upright instead
  • try having a teaspoon of honey – but do not give honey to babies under 12 months

If you feel breathless:

  • keep your room cool by turning the heating down or opening a window – do not use a fan as it may spread the virus
  • sit upright in a chair and relax your shoulders
  • try breathing slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth, with your lips together like you're gently blowing out a candle

This content may be better if you have more space – for example, in an app or embedded within a web page. It provides more detail to help users understand if they have coronavirus symptoms.

How to use this content

There are several ways you can use the coronavirus content from the NHS website in your website, product or service.

API

Our coronavirus API allows you to integrate the coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the NHS website into your website, product or service.

Widget

Our coronavirus widget is a content box using NHS website styles that contains the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS website.

Sign up for alerts when we change our symptoms content

If you want to adapt our symptoms content for your product or service, we an can alert you each time our content changes.

This can help you make sure your content is always up to date and aligned with the messaging on the NHS website.

Conversational version

How can I treat the symptoms of coronavirus?

To help yourself stay well while you're at home with coronavirus (COVID-19): get lots of rest and sleep, take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable, and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear. A teaspoon of honey can help ease a cough, but do not give honey to babies under 12 months.

Can I take ibuprofen if I have coronavirus?

There have been some news reports of ibuprofen making coronavirus (COVID-19) worse. A review of the research has now confirmed there is no clear evidence this is the case. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat symptoms of coronavirus. But try paracetamol first if you can. It has fewer side effects than ibuprofen and is the safer choice for most people.

This content is suited for voice assistants and chatbots. It provides similar detail to the expanded version, but with a voice-friendly structure – for example, by avoiding bullet points.

How to use this content

There are several ways you can use the coronavirus content from the NHS website in your website, product or service.

API

Our coronavirus API allows you to integrate the coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the NHS website into your website, product or service.

Widget

Our coronavirus widget is a content box using NHS website styles that contains the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS website.

Sign up for alerts when we change our symptoms content

If you want to adapt our symptoms content for your product or service, we an can alert you each time our content changes.

This can help you make sure your content is always up to date and aligned with the messaging on the NHS website.

Full version

See our full page on the NHS website about how to treat coronavirus symptoms at home.

This content is best if you have space for a full web page of content and want your users to know all the information and advice on coronavirus symptoms.

How to use this content

There are several ways you can use the coronavirus content from the NHS website in your website, product or service.

API

Our coronavirus API allows you to integrate the coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the NHS website into your website, product or service.

Widget

Our coronavirus widget is a content box using NHS website styles that contains the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS website.

Sign up for alerts when we change our symptoms content

If you want to adapt our symptoms content for your product or service, we an can alert you each time our content changes.

This can help you make sure your content is always up to date and aligned with the messaging on the NHS website.