COVID – 19

About COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first known case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The disease had spread across the globe, which led to a pandemic. Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease.

Coronavirus in Scotland

The latest guidance and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland can be found at: Coronavirus in Scotland.

COVID-19 Advice

Protect yourself and others

It is important that you follow the Government advice on how best to prevent spread and minimise infection.  Visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland | NHS inform for the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including symptoms and treatments available to some groups.

Our response to COVID-19

Digital Health & Care Covid Response

The Digital Health & Care Division team have worked in partnership with organisations including NHS24, NHS National Services Scotland, the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, NHS Education for Scotland, National Digital Service and Public Health Scotland to oversee the delivery of the core COVID-19 response elements around shielding, Test and Protect, the Proximity App, Covid certification (vaccine passport) and the vaccination programme.

Key areas where digital has supported service continuity and innovative solutions include primary care; mental health; remote health monitoring; social care; care at home; supporting individuals shielding; and peer support and workforce solutions.

For an update on the scale-up and adoption of digital health and care solutions in Scotland, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our: Coronavirus (COVID-19) digital health and care response: 2021 update .

Our work

The Digital Health and Care Division is involved in a wide range of work across health.

Our Strategy

Scotland’s refreshed Digital Health and Care Strategy was launched on 27 October 2021. A joint initiative between the Scottish Government and COSLA, it outlines approaches to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland.