CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

If you have concerns about the Coronavirus, please click on the link below with guidance for general public. 

Link: Coronavirus - What to do

The advice we have been given by Public Health England is:

If a member of the public has concerns that that they may have been exposed to or become infected with the novel coronavirus they should be instructed to phone NHS111 and NOT be referred to the hospital Emergency Department unless they are seriously ill.

We can all help to control the virus if we 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.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness. The main symptoms are:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
  • A loss of or change in smell or taste

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Information for the public is available at gov.uk - coronavirus and NHS.uk - coronavirus - covid-19

Advice on self-isolation can be found here NHS.uk - Coronavirus - covid-19 - self isolation adviceStay at home guidance & self-isolation leaflet.

Information for shielded patients

 

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at gov.uk - coronavirus

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