General advice from the UK Government, NHS, and Others

Page last updated: 1st April 2020

This is the key reference point for advice from the NHS website that applies to everyone and is being regularly updated. 

SMA-focused advice is on this page.

UK-Wide Measures

Information on how to stop infection spreading is on this page (scroll down) here, and guidance on how to wash your hands properly, is here.

New guidance around staying at home and away from others, was brought in on 23rd March. For a summary of what is required, please click here. There is also a helpful summary of what you can and cannot do, here, and in the video below:


Social Distancing

Government advice on social distancing is through this link. You may find it helpful to scroll down to the table at the bottom where it shows examples for members of vulnerable groups with an underlying health condition (which includes children and adults who have a neuromuscular conditions).

Symptoms of Coronavirus and What To Do If You Have Them

NHS descriptions of symptoms and what to do is here. The page also tells you when to contact NHS 111's online coronavirus service - if you do need to do this, ensure whoever you talk to understands you / your child has SMA and how it affects you / them. 

This video below gives advice for the general public:


Self Isolation: staying at home for households with possible coronavirus infection

Government guidance is here. The guidance is published in several languages – scroll down to see.

If you or someone you live with has symptoms, the NHS link is here.

There is information on the BBC News website about the differences between social distancing and self-isolation - read more - and the Guardian have also published guidance here.

Mental Health

The Government has published advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can read this here.

Other tips and advice for adults and children in managing the mental health side of dealing with the coronavirus can be found here.