CORONAVIRUS GENERAL ADVICE
There are now a growing number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus both in the UK and around the world, but what exactly is it, and what does it mean for society in general, trying to go about their everyday lives?
According to the World Health Organisation, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and will recover without requiring special treatment. Older people and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed, then protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into your elbow) and try to also practice social distancing as much as possible.
The public are being advised to stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 and to follow all of the advice given by your healthcare provider and your national and local public health authority on how to protect yourself and others.
The current advice involves self-isolation in certain cases. According to NHS 111 you should stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, or you have a temperature over 37.8 degrees.
- A new, continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
We hope all of our customers stay safe during this very difficult time.