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CORONAVIRUS
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Symptoms
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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21
Feb 2020
Corvid-19 Coronavirus

Corvid-19 Coronavirus

You can't open a newspaper, turn on a television or look online at the moment without seeing mention of "The Corona Virus". But what is it and what is the current NHS guidance for UK residents? Lets take a look ...
Firstly, this isn't the only coronavirus by a long way. A great many cold & flu viruses are also members of the coronavirus family, as well as more serious infections like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). This new, novel virus has been named Corvid-19 and was first identified in the Wuhan region of China, from where it has been spreading outwards thanks to modern travel and the timeframe between exposure and onset of symptoms. Much like a severe flu infection, most people who contract the disease would feel very poorly for some time, but would get over it. However those with underlying health problems such as asthma, COPD, heart disease as well as the very young and elderly are at risk of worse symptoms and complications. The main problem with Corvid-19 is not that it is easier to spread than any other coronavirus, but that there is no background immunity in the population so most people who are exposed would likely end up with the full infection. It is for this reason that the NHS has been reviewing guidance on what do with suspected cases, as we need to limit the spread until the infection burns itself out of circulation, otherwise we could end up with an epidemic across the UK. The current advice is that most cases of symptoms similar to Corvid-19 will be regular cases of colds & flu. The advice is as usual for this time of year - keep hydrated, rest up and use whatever medication you prefer for the symptoms (paracetamol, decongestants & cough linctuses as appropriate & safe for each individual). Our pharmacist can help you with symptom advice if you give us a call. More specific advice is available for those at risk of infection from Corvid-19: If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

Stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel to the area(s). If you have been to Wuhan, or Hubei province, in the last 14 days, stay indoors and avoid contact with others where possible, and call 111 informing them of your travel. Do this even if you do not have any symptoms. If you have any queries, please get in touch with your GP or pharmacy for advice by phone.

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