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Coronavirus updates

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Help keep yourself and others safe

To help keep yourself and others safe

A coronavirus is a type of virus and as a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new type of illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

We understand some people are feeling anxious but there are some simple steps we can all do to take care of ourselves and others:

  • Wash hands more frequently, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. If soap and water isn’t available use hand sanitiser containing an alcohol content of at least 60% or above.
  • Catch it. Kill it. Bin it. Always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, bin the tissue after use. Remember to wash your hands after with soap and water or use hand sanitiser if this is not available.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Health advice

Follow NHS advice if you have coronavirus symptoms as described on their website.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. It's therefore important to follow the latest NHS advice and stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus infection on the gov.uk website. This will help stop the spread of coronavirus and help protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Time to plan ahead

Over the coming weeks, life as we know it is going to change for many and to prepare for this it will be important that you have a plan that supports you to live well until the advice to isolate changes. 

If you or your household need to self-isolate and stay at home, think about what plans you will need to put in place ahead of time. Think about the support you will need and those who can help you while you self-isolate. This could include family, friends, neighbours or people you know in your community.

Your plan might include support with things usually taken for granted such as:

  • Shopping for essential items or organising online shopping
  • Picking up medication or prescriptions
  • Support with pets
  • Posting mail
  • Picking up other urgent things
  • Someone to check in on you or someone to just have a chat with
  • Arranging to work from home

You may have already been asked to isolate yourself and stay at home. This will no doubt be a worrying and challenging time for many but also a time to come together and support one another, especially the most vulnerable in our communities. 

If there are gaps in your plan and you need further support, please contact us to request additional assistance.

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