Coronavirus (Covid-19) and what it means to you

 

 

 

For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild disease. Young children and healthy adults appear to be less affected.  Older residents are at higher risk, especially those with underlying health conditions, as are other adults with certain medical conditions such as COPD. Covid-19 disease will affect all groups.

The most up-to-date advice for anyone who is experiencing a cough, or a fever, or a shortness of breath can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.

What you should and should not do if you think you have Covid-19 or if you become ill during the epidemic

If you show any of the symptoms of Covid-19 do not go to a GP, pharmacy or a hospital but instead stay at home (“self-isolate”) which means staying in your house or garden and not going out or opening the outside door to any callers. If you no longer believe you can self-medicate and you require help from the NHS, you should contact them using the 111 online services at http://www.111.nhs.uk . Residents without online facilities should call 111.

If you need to access the GP for any other reason, you will need to contact the surgery by telephone and consultations will mainly be via the telephone. The contact number for the White Horse practice is 01373 828330.

Only call 999 in a medical emergency. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.  If you need to call 999 you should inform the call handler or operator that you have Covid-19

Practical Advice

It is important to try and prevent yourself becoming infected:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

If you have to self-isolate the Government has provided detailed advice on staying at home: – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection .  

The following are some of the important highlights from the website, but it is important that you read the advice in full:

  • It is important to let someone know, such as friends, family, neighbours or the Parish Council. You can alert the Parish Council using the parish website bratton-parish.co.uk or call 07380 250756 if you have no access to online services.
  • If employed, you should let your employer know.
  • Take action to prevent you infecting anyone else in your household. This is particularly important if anyone in your household is at risk of being seriously affected by the infection.
  • The recommendations describes practical aspects such as hand washing; maintaining a distance from others in your household; if possible sleeping and eating alone, using a separate toilet and washing facilities as well as other practical precautions; and how to manage if these recommendations are not possible (eg because there is only one toilet and bathroom).
  • The recommendations also cover issues such as breast feeding if you are infected and what to do with any infected waste (such as used tissues).
  • If after 7 days you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, contact NHS 111 online or call NHS 111.
  • Your mental health is important and staying at home for 7 days may prove difficult for some. Try to keep busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films. If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden.
  • It is important if you are self-isolating to read the advice in full, especially as it may be updated from time to time.