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
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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:
- difficulty in breathing
- change in taste or sense of smell
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 10 days if you have:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
- a change in taste or sense of smell
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. However, others in your household should order a free home test kit to check if they also need to stay 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 are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of Covid19, including:
- get vaccinated as soon as you are invited to have an appointment, or go to a local drop-in vaccination clinic
- get tested regularly and encourage others to do the same. You can order free home test kits on gov.uk
- wash 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
- cover 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.
What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
Check the NHS website for the up to date information on: