Coronavirus FACTS AND GUDIANCE

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease which causes respiratory illness that can range from mild to moderate, but for some it may mean they require hospitalisation and specialist treatment in ICU. For many in the UK it has resulted in death with over 40,000 people sadly losing their lives.

Unfortunately, for older people Coronavirus presents a serious threat with evidence showing that those with other underlying health conditions like, CPD, cancer or diabetes to name a few are at more risk of serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine for Coronavirus, despite on-going clinical trials in many countries around the world.

How does the virus spread?

When a person coughs or sneezes, they discharge droplets of saliva and these represent the primary transmission path for the disease.   We all need to take a responsible attitude to prevent transmission of the disease by following the guidance issued by the UK Government:

  • Washing hands regularly (minimum 20 seconds)
  • Maintaining social distancing of one metre with people outside your household
  • Wear face coverings on public transport, retail outlets and enclosed spaces where social distancing is more challenging
  • Follow respiratory guidance when coughing – cough into a tissue or if that is not possible into a flexed elbow
  • If you feel unwell get tested and stay at home for 10 days
  • Follow the rule of six – do not socialise indoors or outdoors with more than six people

What are the symptoms?

Whilst the symptoms of Coronavirus are wide and varied the main ones include:

  • A high temperature
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • A new, continuous cough

Government guidance

Since lockdown was imposed in the UK on 23rd March 2020, the restrictions have been gradually eased by the UK Government allowing people to return to their daily lives and the economy to restart and reboot.  There continues to be restrictions impacting the travel industry meaning those returning from certain countries that are experiencing a rise in cases, having to quarantine at home for a period of 14 days.  Outbreaks in certain areas throughout the UK are being monitored and local lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the virus and its spread.

Whilst restrictions were eased by the UK Government in the Spring and early Summer, we are now facing new resurgence of transmission across the UK.  Restrictions over socialisation are being imposed resulting in a curfew in many hospitality settings being implemented.

For the latest up-to-date guidance visit the Government’s website.

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