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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Looking for information about Coronavirus?

Relaxation of Restrictions

The Scottish Government has outlined the proposed timeline for the relaxation of restrictions. Read more about what you can and cannot do on our page about Scotland's levels system.

Age Scotland has compiled advice for older people and their families on how to avoid exposure to the virus, as well as actions we can all take to help each other so we can stay safe, protect others, and save lives.

Concerned about coronavirus?

There are simple, effective things we can all do to reduce our risk of catching coronavirus or transmitting the virus to other people.

Practical ways to help older people

Want to know how you can help older people in your family or neighbouring area? Here are five tips for making their lives easier during this difficult time.

Staying Safe

Being asked to stay home can be a worrying experience. We have some advice on how to stay safe while you stay at home and some useful numbers you can call for assistance.

Your Wellbeing

Your wellbeing is very important right now, especially under these worrying times. We have curated a list of great resources that can help inspire you to keep well and active while you stay at home.


Coronavirus: a short guide

We have created an information guide with all of the general guidance in one place – it looks at the symptoms of coronavirus, how you can reduce the risk of catching the virus and spreading it to others, and how you can continue to look after yourself and others.


Download the guide here


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that affects your lungs and airways. It’s very infectious, which means it can spread easily. It passes from person to person in much the same way as a cold or flu – for example, when people cough or sneeze near others, or into their hands before touching surfaces others come into contact with.

For a lot of people the symptoms are mild, but for others they can be more serious and may even lead to hospital treatment. The most common symptoms include:

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a high temperature (if you don’t have a thermometer, feel your chest or back to see if they are hot to the touch).
  • a change or loss in your sense of taste or smell (this is known as anosmia)

Local protection level

Find out about the different protection levels in Scotland and what level you are in.

Useful Contacts and Resources

During these unprecedented times it can be hard to know where to find the right information and advice. We have put together a list of useful phone numbers and websites.

Physical and social distancing, shielding, and self-isolation

There are a range of measures people must adopt, depending on your circumstances, which are aimed at reducing close contact with others to minimise the risk of coronavirus spreading. There are some important differences which we have outlined for you.

Doing your shopping

We've put together some information about when and where you can get the essentials you need – and whether you should be going out to do it at all.

Coronavirus and Your Rights

We have put together information about our Helpline's most commonly asked questions. Find out how the current changes caused by the pandemic are affecting your rights, and where you can get further information and support.

Urgent Coronavirus Appeal

We are determined to be there for older people who need us today, tomorrow and in the weeks and months to come.  But demand for our vital service is increasing rapidly.  No-one should face this crisis alone.

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