CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT

This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

(Last up-dated 27th June 2020)

If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus servicehttps://111.nhs.uk

The single most important actions we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to

Stay Alert, Control the Virus and Save Lives.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must: 

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

    Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

    Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

    Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

    Coronavirus Outbreak Q&As: What you can and Can’t do UNTIL July 4th

    When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government on 23 March 2020 introduced the three measures below.

    1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
    2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
    3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

    All Citizens, overall complied with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will retain the powers to enforce them going forward – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

    HOWEVER as infection rates within the general population has fallen, these lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted. 

    New Guidance on current restrictions UNTIL 4th JULY can be found at: 

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-wh…

    Guidance: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do AFTER 4 July (Updated 24 June 2020)

    The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

    The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home.

    This page sets out key FAQs to cover the next set of changes planned for 4 July. 

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-wh…

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    Information about COVID-19

    Coronaviruses are a ‘type’ of virus. The coronavirus we are all hearing about is called COVID-19, but you may also hear it called - coronavirus.

    How serious is COVID-19?

    The evidence shows us that the vast majority of people who get this virus have relatively mild symptoms and make a full recovery. But in a small percentage of cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. This is particularly true for people with a weakened immune system, for older people and for those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 

    A lot of false information about this virus is being shared - it’s very important that you make sure that the information you use comes from a trusted source - all of the information on this page has been sourced from the NHS.

    Who is most at risk?

    What are the symptoms?

    If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites two symptoms to look out for as:

    • A new continuous cough
    • A fever or high temperature

    What should I do if I have either of the above symptoms?

    • Protect others - don't call NHS 111
    • Protect others - don't call, or go to your GP
    • Protect others - don't go to your local hospital

    If you live alone - isolate yourself at home immediately.

    What should I do if self-isolation is challenging?

    • You can't manage with your symptoms at home
    • Your conditions get worse
    • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

    You should use the online 111 service or if you can't use the online service call 111

    others.

    • Avoid non-essential contact with others - 
    • Clean your hands - wash hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds. Do this before leaving home and after returning home, before eating and drinking, and after coughing or sneezing
    • Cover your mouth and nose - with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze - tissue in the bin and wash, or disinfect, your hands immediately
    • Don't touch your face - keep your hands away from your face - especially your eyes, nose and mouth
    • Clean surfaces - disinfect surfaces around you  - especially mobiles, computers, keyboards, worktops, desks, handles...

    Isolating yourself

    • Stay at home  this means not going out at all - do this even if you think your symptoms are mild
    • Ask for help - if you find it hard to stay at home - text, email, phone, friends, family, employers or your community to get help - but they mustn't come into your home
    • Keep your distance - keep 2 metres (around 3 steps) away from others - including family -  - do not go to your GP surgery or hospital
    • Sleep alone - if you can sleep alone you must - it will help ensure people you live with aren't infected
    • Keep washing your hands - often and for 20 seconds with soap and water helps
    • Drink plenty of fluids - and take everyday pain killers like paracetamol if you need to
    • Keep cleaning - keeping surfaces clean
    • Reduce contact with at risk people - people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to be affected help keep them safe