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Get your coronavirus vaccination at walk-in clinics in and around Cambridge – no appointment needed, but wear a face mask

Coronavirus: Useful links and glossary

Follow the NHS’s coronavirus guidance and the government’s coronavirus advice. You might also find some of these coronavirus-related links useful.

Useful links

Arts and culture

Bereavement support





Community and voluntary groups


Driving and transport


The Department for Education has set up a helpline to answer questions about coronavirus for staff, parents and young people:

Finances and debt


Fraud and scams

Health and wellbeing

Home energy

Non-English language content

Older people

Rough sleeping

Vulnerable people

Glossary of terms

Coronavirus is the group name for a number of different viruses including the current strain, Covid-19.

Covid-19 is the name for the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus.

Incubation is the time it can take for symptoms to appear after a person is infected.

A pandemic is a disease that has spread to different countries and continents, usually affecting many people.

Self-isolation is what people must do if they show any of the symptoms of coronavirus. This includes staying indoors as much as possible, and avoiding contact with other people, including people in their home who have not shown any symptoms.

Shielding is a way to protect people who are extremely vulnerable to contact with coronavirus by minimising all interaction between them and other people.

Social distancing is the steps being taken to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. They include staying two metres away from other people in public, closing schools, pubs, restaurants and other businesses, and working at home where possible.

Underlying conditions are any long term illness or health problem that people may have, such as asthma, diabetes, heart conditions or cancer.