Tracey Rymer, Practice Manager at the Byfield Medical Centre, has asked us to relay this message …..
COVID 19 – Latest update from NHS England
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection. If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (a new continuous cough and / or high temperature), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
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.
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.
People who are self-isolating with minor symptoms are not being tested. Priority for testing is being given to those in critical care for pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), other hospitalised patients with pneumonia or ARDS, or where there is an outbreak in a residential or care setting, for example long-term care facility or prison. We are anticipating updated guidance on expansion of testing.
People who remain well are advised to limit social contact where possible – including using less public transport, working at home and considering avoiding pubs, restaurants, theatres and bars. Those over 70 or have an underlying health condition or are pregnant are strongly advised against these activities and should also significantly limit face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.
The public has a crucial role to play in containing the spread of the virus. Washing your hands more often. For 20 seconds. Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. Protect yourself and others.