Coronavirus: The latest advice for anyone with symptoms
Written by Cheeky FM on 15th March 2020
Coronavirus: it’s everywhere and yet invisible. Look at the news and you’ll learn that this microscopic pathogen is causing chaos around the world, from China to the UK with cities like Birmingham and Walsall also being affected.
As ministers prepare to ban mass gatherings as part of the delay stage of the UK’s response to coronavirus, people across the country will be self-isolating to help prevent the virus spreading.
What is self-isolation?
Self-isolation means cutting yourself off from the rest of the world.
For those who have to self-isolate, Public Health England’s advice is to stay at home, don’t go to work, school or other public places, and avoid public transport or taxis.
People should stay at home for seven days if they have either:
- A high temperature above 37.8C (100F)
- A new continuous cough
How do I self-isolate?
The NHS is asking people staying at home to:
- Try and keep two metres (three steps) away from other people – especially older people or those with long-term health conditions
- Make sure any room you are in is well-ventilated.
- Ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver food and medicine – but avoid contact with them
- Sleep alone if possible
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds on a regular basis
- Don’t have visitors and ask people to leave deliveries outside
- Don’t leave the house, even just for a walk
- Use separate facilities where possible. If sharing, these should be cleaned before use by others
- Use separate household items like towels, bedding, toothbrushes, cups and dishes
- Try to keep away from your pets. If y
Why do I need to self-isolate?
There is no vaccine for coronavirus and no specific treatment. Antibiotics are no use as they do not work against viruses.
Any treatment can only relieve symptoms while your body fights the illness.
All this means avoiding human contact if you have the infection is a vital part of trying to prevent its spread.
For more information and advice visit nhs.uk/coronavirus