Coronavirus Covid-19 - latest advice

The coronavirus Covid-19 is a significant and serious health threat to this country - the worst it has faced in a century. The situation is very fast moving, and advice changes daily. 

Rather than try to keep up with the changes, I am linking here to useful information from the government and local authorities, so that you can access the correct and up-to-date information. 

The entire government are focussed on dealing with this virus, as well as local authorities, the NHS and everyone across health and social care. Actions will be taken based on the best medical and scientific advice, with consideration for what is best for the population as a whole. The Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty & Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance have been outlining the governments’ action plan to tackle the virus, following advice from medical experts. The government will only take extreme measures if the medical evidence shows that it will be helpful, and people should follow the advice given at each stage.  The Government has been clear that it will make decisions following the latest scientific advice from experts. I believe that this is a sensible approach.

We all know that washing our hands is a vital part of preventing the spread of the virus, and when that is not possible, to use an alcohol-based hand gel. Ideally, you should wash your hands when arriving at work or home having been out, after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, and of course after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food. It is difficult not to touch your face, but the virus can be spread by getting it on your hands and then into your eyes, nose or mouth. It gets easier with practise to stop touching your face. Masks will only have limited effect in healthy people – but if a medical professional advises you to wear one then do so.

If you are asked to self-isolate yourself or your family, follow the guidance that you have been given. This is to protect you, but also to protect more vulnerable people everywhere. We should all also be aware that friends and neighbours may need support at this time – perhaps with dropping off shopping, or a phone call to stop people getting lonely.

What to do if you feel unwell:

Stay at home and check the NHS 111 website https://111.nhs.uk/

Do not go to visit your doctor unless advised to. As always, in life threatening situation call 999, but please do save this for emergencies only.

Websites for advice:

There is general advice and information from Public Health England here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

NHS travel advice here:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Foreign Office Travel Advice here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Information from Dorset Council: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-advice.aspx 

Information from BCP Council: https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Coronavirus-Covid-19.aspx