We wanted to update you regarding the national strategy for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
• A new continuous dry cough and/or
• A high temperature
For most people, coronavirus will be a mild infection.
The Government has announced that the UK has now moved from the “contain” to the “delay” phase. This is to attempt to delay the spread of coronavirus and reduce the epidemic’s peak (when the number of cases is highest), place less pressure on hospitals in their busiest period, and allow more time for experts to research how best to combat the disease.
From today, if you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, the NHS advice is to stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others – known as self-isolation – for seven days.
Do NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, you should telephone the NHS advice line on 111 or log on to 111.nhs.uk.
For a medical emergency, you should still dial 999.
The current advice on how you can best protect yourself from infection remains the same:
• 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 immediately
• Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
It is now clear that all of us face a challenging period in the months ahead, and we will continue to share the latest information with you as we receive it.
Unity Homes and Enterprise