People with sight loss often have closer physical contact with others than sighted people - unavoidably, interactions such as finding handrails and using braille signs are required to navigate the world.
To protect yourself from Coronovirus, you should:
Wash your hands with soap and water after touching an object or person - for at least 20 seconds
If soap and water are not available, apply hand sanitiser gel
Do not touch your mouth or your face before you have washed your hands
Consider using disposable gloves for some tasks
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
How can I stay safe online during this time?
Technology is an important part of our lives and can have a hugely positive impact, especially for those with sight loss. Utilising all types of technology - from smartphones to smart home appliance and specialist technology - is more popular than ever, and it is important that you keep safe while being on online. Find out more about our technology services page.
For the time being, we have replaced our My Sighted Guide volunteer service with phone or online contact, by volunteers and staff, that is appropriate to each individual. We will contact each My Sighted Guide service user to support their well-being at this challenging time.
For now, these face-to-face services have been replaced with phone calls and emails, in line with government advice, to protect you and our staff.