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Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) : What you need to do
Stay alert to stop the coronavirus spreading
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS. A set of guidance has been published to help you understand the new regulations with questions and answers about what you can and cannot do during this period. There is also guidance on how to stay safe when you are outdoors.
What can I do?
- Stay home whenever possible
- Work from home if you can
- Avoid public transport if possible
- Take unlimited exercise outside
- Enjoy public parks and public spaces without exercising
- But always keep your distance (2m) in public
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public
The latest information on the Coronovirus infection, including symptoms, self-isolation, social distance and the NHS Test and Trace service can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The Deaf Health Charity also has Coronavirus updates in British Sign Language. You can find the information here
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact.
A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation.
Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.
Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Adhere to social distancing
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Public Health England (PHE) advice to the public
PHE have published some public facing blogs providing helpful advice.