What is Covid-19?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans and this is where COVID-19 currently is.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
The symptoms are very similar to Flu symptoms: Cough, Fever & Increased Shortness of Breath.
Am I at risk?
We are all at risk of contracting this novel disease during this outbreak.
There are a group of people who are at more risk of serious illness. These include but are not limited to:
People who have respiratory illnesses
People who are immuno-compromised
What should I do?
Firstly we advise you follow the advice of the Government and the NHS in the UK.
Surgical face masks will not protect you against the virus.
Follow the NHS Flu advice: CATCH IT, KILL IT, BIN IT!
If you have a runny nose and are sneezing or coughing please use a tissue to catch any bodily fluids that may escape.
Wash your hands with soap and water - This needs to happen for around 20 seconds (try singing Happy Birthday twice while washing). Follow this link to check out how to wash you hands correctly. NHS handwashing.
Use alcohol hand gel when you're out and about to clean your hands.
Once you've caught your cough or sneeze in a tissue put it into the bin.
If you suspect you have CoVID-19 self isolate - stay at home and minimize exposure to others for 2 weeks. We all have access to video chat, you can still see friends and family this way.
Call 111 for advise. They will arrange for you to be swabbed and give you information about this. Do not go to the Emergency Department, GP or Pharmacy as risk infecting seriously unwell people.
If you have an appointment with us and you are displaying any symptoms then please refrain from attending. We will reschedule your appointment for you. Please let us know by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If we have to cancel we will contact you by email to reschedule the appointments.
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:
Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms.
Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
Remember we all have a responsibility to protect other members of the public. Follow the instructions of the Government and the NHS and play your part in reducing the spread of the disease.
Remember to wash your hands regularly and Catch it, Kill it, Bin it.
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