Coronavirus (Covid-19) health advice
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What is coronavirus?
For most people, coronavirus will be a mild infection and following this advice will help protect communities and slow the spread of the virus.
The latest advice from Public Health England is that if you have symptoms, however mild, you should:
- stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation and should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, then you should contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
You can view the latest stay at home guidance here.
The Government has issued advice on actions we should all be taking to reduce social interaction and limit contact between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus. This is called ‘social distancing’.
The advice states:
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
- Work from home, where possible.
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
While the 'social distancing' advice applies to everybody, Government are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus to be particularly stringent in following the social distancing measures, particularly if you:
- are over 70
- have an underlying health condition
- are pregnant
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks. You can view further government advice at gov.uk
Residents can take simple steps such as washing their hands regularly.
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel (with an alcohol content of at least 60%) if soap and water are not available
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
NHS and Government advice