Renfrewshire Council

Last updated: 16.10 on 4 April 2020

Health advice on Coronavirus

We continue to monitor the situation and keep up to date with the guidance published by NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government.

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Keeping informed

For the latest information on Council services, please visit Changes to Council services.

Sign up and follow the council Twitter channel @RenCouncil for daily updates. 

We have launched a new recorded information line to provide the latest council service information to local people - 0300 300 0333. 

Our role is to deliver essential services and to help residents and staff stay informed, safe and well. We are working closely with Health Protection Scotland, Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Leisure to monitor and respond to the national situation.


Latest government guidance

You can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms.

Protect yourself and others by:

  • staying at home;
  • only going outside for essential food, health and work reasons;
  • staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people (social distancing);
  • washing your hands regularly;
  • washing your hands as soon as you get home.                                                        

Read the full guidance on Staying at home and away from others.

This latest advice was issued by the UK Government on 23 March 2020 and will be reviewed in three weeks.

These measures are in place to halt the spread of the illness, to protect the NHS and to save thousands of lives #StayHomeSaveLives.


If you have symptoms of Coronavirus

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus include:

  • high temperature or fever (37.8C or greater)
  • a persistent cough
  • shortness of breath. 

If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home for 7 days from the day your symptoms started. This will help to protect others in your community while you're infectious. If you live with others, all other members of the household should stay at home for 14 days from the day illness began in the first person. The must continue to stay at home even if the first person recovers after 7 days.

You do not need to call NHS24 or your GP unless your symptoms do not get better after 7 days or your health condition changes significantly.

For advice visit NHS Inform - Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Advice for specific groups


Shielding and protecting the vulnerable

Shielding is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are within this very high-risk group, a letter from the Scottish Government Chief Medical Officer has been sent to you.   

The letter advises you to begin a complete quarantine and asks you do not leave your home at all for 12 weeks - not even for food, medicine or exercise.

Anybody you share a household with must minimise contact with you. This is different advice than for the rest of the population. Following it will greatly reduce the risk of you being infected and becoming seriously unwell.  

It means all your supplies i.e. food, medicine and key household products such as toiletries, will need to be delivered to you. Ideally, this support will be provided by family or friends, or through online shopping or medicine delivered direct from a pharmacy. 

But if this is not possible, the council and our partners will arrange to get your supplies to you. You can find more information on what Shielding means and how to contact us if you need our help here - Shielding and protecting the vulnerable


Looking after your health and wellbeing

If you are staying at home it can feel more difficult than usual to take care of your health and wellbeing. For tips on helping children and young people cope with the impact of the outbreak, visit our advice to support children and young people page.


If you are still in a workplace

If you are an essential worker and are still in the workplace, you should follow this advice:

  • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people;
  • Regularly clean and disinfect anything you touch frequently, such as surfaces, telephones, keyboards, door handles, desks and tables;
  • Wash your hands often - including at the beginning and the end of the day - with warm water and soap, or hand sanitiser, and ensure that hand washing facilities are available for all staff, contractors, service users and visitors;
  • All items in shared kitchen areas should be cleaned with warm water and detergent and dried thoroughly;
  • No food, such as crisps and sandwiches, should be left open for communal sharing unless individually wrapped.

Read UK Government advice on Going to work.


Essential international travel

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential international travel. It advises all British travellers to return to the UK now. Read latest Coronavirus travel advice

Visit Fit for Travel for specific travel health advice.