Posted: 21.03.20 at 11:20 by Joseph Bulmer
Sidmouth Nub News is sharing the Government's latest guidance on the coronavirus pandemic.
Our simple-to-understand guide includes advice on social distancing, avoiding catching coronavirus, looking after your mental wellbeing and what to do if you - or someone in your household - has coronavirus symptoms.
Social distancing will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
Everyone - including children - is strongly advised to significantly limit face-to-face interaction with friends and family.
· Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus which include high temperature and/or a new and continuous cough
· Avoid non-essential use of public transport
· Work from home - your employer should support you to do this
· Avoid gatherings in public spaces - pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut
· Avoid gatherings with friends and family - keep in touch by phone, internet, and social media
· Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Avoiding all unnecessary social contact is particularly important if you:
· are over 70
· have an underlying health condition
· are pregnant
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
· wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
· always wash your hands when you get home or into work and before you prepare food and eat
· use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
· put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
· avoid close contact with people who are unwell
· touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Isolate the household if anyone has coronavirus symptoms:
The entire household must stay at home for 14 days if anyone has 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
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Advice during self-isolation at home:
If anyone has coronavirus symptoms the entire household must remain at home.
The family member with suspected coronavirus MUST:
· separate themselves from other people in the home and keep the door closed
· if they have to share a space, stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people and open a window
· sleep alone
· clean shared surfaces - such as in the bathroom and kitchen - every time they use them
· double bag personal waste - such as tissues - in disposable rubbish bags and tie securely. Wait 72 hours before putting in the household waste collection bin
The entire household MUST NOT:
· go to work, school, public areas or use public transport or taxis
· share their toothbrush, eating and drinking utensils, dishes, drinks, towels, washcloths or bed linen
· invite or allow visitors into the house - use the phone or social media
Looking after your mental wellbeing:
Social distancing can be boring or frustrating and may affect your mood, making it easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour - which can make you feel worse.
To help stay mentally and physically active:
· look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website
· spend time doing things you enjoy - reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies, listening to the radio or watching TV
· try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
· keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight and get outside into the garden
You can go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than two metres from other people.
Treatment for coronavirus:
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Drink water to keep yourself hydrated and use over-the-counter medications to help with some of your symptoms.