There is SO much out now on the web about Coronavirus but because it is a fluid situation, the information seems have changed and much on the web is now out of date as the Government message itself changes. So here is the current information and facts:
How to prevent infection
- The Single most important thing to do to protect ourselves is to wash and keep our hands clean which will reduce your risk by 16%.
- The Second most important thing is to stop touching your face with those dirty hands as on average we do this 23 times an hour!
- The Third is social distancing of at least 1m between people.
All of which should reduce the peak on demand on NHS services we all are working together for. However, we should realise that a large proportion of the population will catch this. So,
What are the symptoms?
First of all, incubation is from 5 to 10 days, but can be up to 14 days before symptoms show up and you can be infectious before infections show. So, social distancing is so important here to prevent onward transmission. The main symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
Most people will suffer little and will get better by themselves with paracetamol and throat lozenges, within a few days. So just stay at home and self treat. You will not now be tested. However you should at home now for 7 days. I.E. SELF ISOLATE.
Please let others in the community know, especially if you live alone, so we can help you get anything you need.
If your symptoms persist after 7 days or get worse, use the CORONAVIRUS SERVICE on the web if you have internet which has been set up especially.
Don’t ring NHS 111 before you try the web. DO NOT GO TO YOUR GP!
All above information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The CORONAVIRUS SERVICE can be found here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/