SENT ON BEHALF OF DR IAN TURNER, DEPUTY CHIEF NURSE/DIRECTOR OF INFECTION PREVENTION & CONTROL
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The government has announced that the country is moving out of the ‘contain’ phase and into ‘delay’, in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The purpose of the ‘delay’ phase is to slow the spread of Coronavirus across the country, lowering its peak impact. As a result of this announcement, the following updated advice and guidance has been issued by the NHS and Public Health England:
Stay at home if you have Coronavirus symptoms
Individuals are being advised to stay at home for a period of 7 (seven) days if they have either:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
If you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
- People will not be tested who are self-isolating with mild symptoms
- Report any absence to your line manager as normal
The NHS has also issued ‘stay at home’ guidance, which is available at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice.
NHS online Coronavirus service
Use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 if:
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- Your condition gets worse
- Your symptoms do not get better after 7 (seven) days
Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
Public Health England advice
Please continue to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for the latest national information and advice.