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Coronavirus Covid 19

Mar 09, 2020

General Advice taken from NHS & Government Websites 09/03/2020

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Much has been said of the recent outbreak of coronavirus Covid 19 but without making small of the worldwide spread of this new strain of coronavirus it is important that we keep a clear head and know the facts. This document has been produced to hopefully bring together information that is freely available to the public on the government and NHS websites and hopefully give you some peace of mind in amongst some of the hype.

Firstly it is important to remember that a coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in 31 December 2019.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

What's the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

What's the risk of coronavirus for travellers?

There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

See coronavirus advice for travellers below.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature/fever
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

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. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It is very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Do I need to avoid public places?

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • 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
  • 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Check if you need medical help

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advises you of what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see our coronavirus advice for travellers
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Information:

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Advice for people travelling abroad

If you are travelling overseas with Spice soon we would like to reassure you that we take the health and safety of our members very seriously and our existing policies and procedures are in line with the guidance provided by UK Government. We remain in regular contact with the authorities and will amend our procedures if and when required if guidance changes. Our holidays are currently not visiting any destinations with advice against travel and will continue to operate as planned and standard terms and conditions apply.

There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

If you're planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, check the country by country travel advice on GOV.UK.

Advice for people returning to the UK and travellers to the UK

You may need to get medical advice if you've recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.

These places are:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

If you've been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

For members in Scotland please see NHS Inform for up to date information

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

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