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23 March 2020

Work progressing well in the sunshine at The Ness this morning

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Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update March 17th 2020

17 March 2020

With so much information being shared on the COVID-19 coronavirus we should all be using government advice to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly. Please refer to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus for official guidance.

The government issued a press statement on 16th March advising social distancing for everyone in the UK, particularly those at increased risk of servere illness. This includes the following groups of people: 

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interacitions between people, helping to minimise the transition of Coronavirus (COVID 19). These measures are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

You can read the full guidance on social distancing here.

The World Health Organisation has issued a report on protecting your mental health during the outbreak. Some of their recommendations inlude:

  • Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that could cause you to feel anxious or distressed.
  • Seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones.
  • Seek information updates at specific times.

You can read the full Mental Health Advice here.

As government advice is updated, we will reassess and communicate as soon as possible.

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Coronavirus (COVID 19) March 13th 2020

16 March 2020

With so much information being shared on the COVID-19 coronavirus we should all be using government advice to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly. Please refer to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus for official guidance.

STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

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.

As a minimum, please ensure that you are following the Public Health England (PHE) recommendations for general cold and flu precautions to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze (follow the simple Catch it, Bin it, Kill it rule)
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Those with a new persistent cough or high temperature are advised to self-isolate for seven days.
  • Those over-70 are advised not to go on cruises
  • International school trips are inadvisable
  • If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

As government advice is updated, we will reassess and communicate as soon as possible.

Last updated 13th March 2020

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