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Coronavirus (COVID-19) content toolkit How to write about preventing coronavirus (social distancing)

NHS social distancing content last updated: 12 January 2021.

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

Short version

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with and wash your hands regularly.

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.

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Expanded version

To stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading:

  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with or anyone not in your support bubble
  • 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 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
  • wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it’s hard to stay away from people, such as in shops or on public transport
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Follow government guidance about national and local restrictions.

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 how to avoid getting or spreading coronavirus.

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's written in 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 social distancing.

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 how to avoid getting or spreading coronavirus.

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.