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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Information

March 14, 2020

This continues to be a fast moving issue, which is being carefully monitored by Public Health England (PHE) with the current impact and risk to the UK population now considered HIGH.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
• to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
• to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with people you live with
• for any medical need – to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
• to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:
• a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Use the 111 coronavirus service

However, there are some really simple steps we can all take to get into good habits to protect ourselves and others to stop the spread of viruses and germs including Coronavirus.
These include:
• Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, and use soap and hot water.
• Particularly remember to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas or travelling on public transport.
• Promote the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it We can all reduce the spread of all germs when we cough or sneeze, by covering mouths and noses with a tissue, or a sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately in a closed bin
• Keep up to date with information from trusted sources – like these:

o Public Health England – five things you can do to protect yourself and your community

o For updates see the: NHS dedicated Coronavirus webpage

For Information on Symptoms, How to Avoid Catching & Spreading, What to do if you have symptoms, Travel Advice & Treatment & Self Isolation; https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Information Literature:
/assets/Coronavirus-Wash-your-Hands-A4-Poster.pdf
/assets/COVID-19-General-Advice-self-isolate 16 March 2020.pdf
/assets/Coronavirus-General-Info.pdf

West Suffolk Council Coronavirus Advice:
https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.cfm?aud=resident

Suffolk County Council Coronavirus Advice:
https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-directorates-services-and-senior-officers/directorates/public-health/coronavirus/

 

 


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