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Stay alert

The following are the latest Government and NHS guidlines, as of Wednesday 13 May 2020:

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms: 1) a high temperature. 2) a new, continuous cough

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

Government Guidance

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

Covid-19 NHS advice translated into 30 plus languages

If you need information about COVID-19 in a different languages other than English please click on the link below.

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#

This advice has been compiled from Public Health England

  • Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
  • How COVID-19 is spread
  • Preventing Spread of COVID-19

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Stay at Home if you have Coronavirus Symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

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.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

How COVID-19 is Spread

There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:

  • infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or possibly could be inhaled into the lungs. This is the most likely method of transmission.
  • it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching door knob or shaking hands then touching own face)

Preventing Spread of COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend youth services

All those attending youth services should wash their hands:

  • before leaving home
  • on arrival
  • after using the toilet
  • after breaks and shared / sporting activities
  • before food preparation
  • before eating any food, including snacks
  • before leaving the service

If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or young person, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

See further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.

Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?

The following information comes from the BBC News Website:

Who am I allowed to meet?

The new guidelines will allow one person to meet one other person from outside their household outdoors - as long as they stay more than 2m apart. That means, for example, a person wouldn't be allowed to meet both their parents together.

It also means that having a barbecue in your garden for friends would not be allowed, even if you all stayed 2m apart. And you would not be able to invite people inside your home.

What activities am I allowed to do?

Mr Johnson said people in England could now sit in the sun in the park and exercise as much as they wish - providing they observed social distancing.

However, people will still not be able to use areas like playgrounds and outdoor gyms where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces.

  • In Scotland and Wales people can exercise more than once a day from Monday. In Wales they should start and finish exercise from home
  • People in England can exercise more than once a day from Wednesday 13 May
  • You will be able to exercise with one person from outside your household in England, but you must keep at least 2m apart
  • That can include angling or tennis but not team sports
  • People in England will be free to drive as far as they like to outdoor open spaces (but they should not travel to different parts of the UK)
  • In Northern Ireland you can drive to a safe space for exercise
  • Dogs can be walked as part of a person's daily exercise

What is a 'reasonable excuse' to go out?

The UK government says people should still go out as little as possible and only leave home if they have a "reasonable excuse". This includes:

  • Exercise - alone, or with members of your household
  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • Any medical need, or providing care for a vulnerable person
  • Travel to or from work, but only when you cannot work from home. If you go to work, social distancing must be observed at work and on the commute

For more information please see thePublic Health website