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 Scotland 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.
Information for travellers
Where a COVID-19 risk is identified then country pages will contain updated guidance.
Information from other organisations
- Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance
- Scottish Government COVID-19 Scottish test numbers
- Public Health England (PHE) COVID-19 background information
- World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 information
- NICE Rapid Clinical Guidelines
- Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
Archive of COVID-19 guidance
An archive of all previously published versions of the HPS guidance and supporting resources that relate to COVID-19 is available on our website.
This includes resources that have been retired from the website because they have been superseded or are no longer required.