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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • 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
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Aug 2018
Breastfeeding Week

As part of breastfeeding week, remember that not all medications are safe if you are breastfeeding (including some herbal medications). If you are breastfeeding, please remember to check with a pharmacist before you start any new course of treatment to make sure it will be safe for you and your baby. Another common problem for both breastfed and bottlefed babies is colic - if you're worried your baby may have colic, have a look at our "Health Advice" tab and speak to our pharmacist for extra information. One potential cause of colic is that babies sometimes don't produce enough enzymes to break down the sugar in milk (lactose) until their system matures a little. In cases like these, drops containing laclase enzyme can help ease the symptoms, examples available from our pharmacy include Colief and Care Co-Lactase. Finally, if you want to breastfeed but are worried you aren't producing enough milk, speak to your health visitor or GP for advice. Some supplements containing herbs like Fenugreek are thought to be safe and may help, but don't be tempted into buying prescription medicines online without discussing with a prescriber - medications like domperidone may be effective, but can produce very serious side effects and can be deadly. Don't risk it!

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