Essential information

For everyone


NHS 111 coronavirus online service: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Check if you have coronavirus symptoms.

NHS Online overview of coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

The Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG) have put together a statement on covid-19 and Down’s syndrome and have collected some useful links together as well. Read their statement here.

For parents of children who have Down’s syndrome


It is vital that you continue to be vigilant about all health concerns that require professional medical help and advice, including common childhood infections.

You should not delay seeking medical advice on account of the current situation with Covid-19.

Please read the articles from The Journal Preventing infection in children with Down’s syndrome by Dr Liz Marder and Recognition of Serious Illness in Children with Down’s syndrome by Dr Liz Herrieven (you can download both articles here) and see the latest statement from DSMIG (4 April 2020).

For adults


Public Health England: COVID-19: guidance for supported living provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

Public Health England: Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Department of Health and Social Care: Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care/guidance-for-those-who-provide-unpaid-care-to-friends-or-family