The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus, but there are things you can also do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading:
- 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.
- If you have arrived back from China or specified areas in the last 14 days, follow the advice for returning travellers.
Anyone with a new continuous cough OR fever (over 37.8) must self-isolate for 7 days, whether you have travelled or not. This includes children. Stay at home and self-medicate if needed with paracetamol. If you are well, you do not need to ring 111 or be tested, but please visit the NHS Coronavirus website for guidance. If your symptoms worsen and you feel your breathing is deteriorating, or if at the end of 7 days your symptoms have not abated, go to 111 online for advice and DO NOT come to the surgery. If you do not have access to the internet or do not find the information you need, then use the NHS 111 phone line.
There is no need for patients to stockpile medications. For more information: Prescription Requests
For general information about coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For the current situation in the UK on Coronavirus: gov.uk/coronavirus
Advice for employees needing to self-isolate: Guidance for employees