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 has since spread across the globe, leading to an ongoing 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
This is a changing situation which is being monitored carefully. The latest guidance and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland can be found at: Coronavirus in Scotland
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, protective measures, how to get a test and how to self-isolate.
For information on how to download the Protect Scot app, visit Test & Protect | Protect Scotland.
For information on how to access your Covid-19 status certification, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland | NHS inform
Our response to COVID-19
Digital Health & Care Covid Response
The Digital Health & Care Directorate 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 .