We have gathered information from various trusted sources that reflects the current situation in regards to Corona Virus and the advice given.
The UK has now moved into the “delay” phase.
The reason that the government want to delay the spike in diagnoses is to ease the pressure on the NHS, which is always under severe pressure in the winter months.
Viruses are also less contagious during the summer months, so it is hoped that coronavirus will not spread as easily by then.
According to the NHS the following advice is applicable:
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Please do protect yourself and others with the following advice!
The UK Government hasn’t said we should stop going out or meeting up with other people. People can keep doing what they normally do as long as they don’t have a new persistent cough or tempreature and maintain good hygiene practices like washing their hands regularly.
If you or someone you know has a weakened immune system (for example, because of an existing health condition), it’s important to ensure you and those you’re in close contact with pay attention to the advice above.
If someone’s been advised to self-isolate, is very worried about going out or decides they’d prefer not to, there are still plenty of things you can do to help.
- Stay in touch over the phone, by post, online or by popping over for a chat (assuming the person is allowed to have contact with others, and you take the precautions outlined above).
- See if people need any shopping or help by running some errands.
- Encourage people to stay active around the house and keep moving.
Useful Websites with up to date Information
World Health Organisation
NHS UK Questions Answered
NHS Corona Virus Overview
BBC UK News Advice for Elderly