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Coronavirus and life after 50: 10 websites that can help

News about the coronavirus, known as Covid-19, is everywhere at the moment.

With information flying at us from every direction, it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

But what does the coronavirus mean for you, your lifestyle and your existing life insurance if you're over 50?

We’ve put together this guide of 10 sources for finding and understanding the latest news on the coronavirus, to help you in these difficult times.

You can find out more about how SunLife are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak on our response page.

Where to find the latest information on coronavirus

1. The NHS

The NHS coronavirus site has information on symptoms, what to do if you're at a higher risk, how to prevent the spread of the virus, and how to look after yourself while in self-isolation.

If you suspect you or anyone else has symptoms of the coronavirus, head to the NHS 111 site for a step-by-step guide on what to do.

2. The UK government

The governemnt's guide to coronavirus has information on what you can and can't do during lockdown, financial support, travel restrictions, plus much more.

You can also sign up to get their email alerts, so everything you need to know goes straight to your inbox.

3. Age UK

Age UK has lots of information on the coronavirus and how it could affect those of us over 50.

They have guidelines and support on staying safe and well at home, plus tips on coping if you're anxious about the virus.

4. The BBC

The BBC has a dedicated coronavirus site, where you'll find all the latest guidance.

There are also aritcles on worldwide news, FAQs adressing common concerns, plus handy videos - like this one on how to spot covid-19 health myths.

5. Mind

Coping with all these changes to our daily life can be tough. The mental health charity Mind has tips on how to manage these changes as best we can.

6. Citizens advice

This Citizens Advice page links to organisations that can help you if you’re vulnerable, or can’t afford your bills or rent.

As there’s also been a rise in the number of scams since the coronavirus spread, they’ve also provided tips on how to spot a scam and how you can help protect yourself.

7. Which?

As well as all the latest news on the coronavirus, Which? have plenty of helpful guides - like how to cut shopping and household costs during lockdown, and what to do about your summer holiday.

8. Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Service has guidelines on what to do if the coronavirus is affecting your job, business or benefits.

Coronavirus and your protection insurance

You may be worried about how the coronavirus outbreak will affect your insurance, so it’s best to check your provider’s website.

9. The Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Conduct Authority will be able to help you with things such as insurances, cancelled flights and any events that might have been affected due to the coronavirus.

With life insurance, your insurance should still pay out, even if you die as a result of coronavirus.

This probably won’t be the case for claims against critical illness, as most people who get the virus make a full recovery.

Your SunLife plan

SunLife products are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, so your payout is still guaranteed once you’ve had your plan for the required amount of time.

For more about how SunLife are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, read our response page.

And finally our article that discusses coping with loneliness in later life may be able to help with tips to combat any negatives that come with isolated at this time.

Sources

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife and who provides the SunLife Guaranteed Over 50 Plans?

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services , registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG, United Kingdom (registered in England and Wales, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the SunLife Guaranteed Over 50 Plan life insurance policies. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG, United Kingdom (registered in England and Wales, no. 1016269).

Who provides the Funeral Benefit Option?

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals is not authorised or regulated for this activity by either the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.