Latest Update: 24th March 2020 16:30pm
Public Health England have developed specific guidance for:
This section was updated on 23/03/2020, please check Public Health England to ensure you have the most up to date information
The Government have announced that everyone except those working as part of the response to Covid-19 should stay at home almost all of the time.
A reminder that the advice regarding symptoms and self-isolation is as follows:
- The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone in a household with someone showing possible COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days from that moment as well. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. Guidelines have also been issued for social distancing for everyone and protecting older and vulnerable people and there is guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection.