UPDATE: Coronavirus

March 16, 2020

I hope that the information below will answer most of your queries surrounding coronavirus. 

 

How to access government financial support if you or your business has been affected by COVID-19

 

If you would like to receive regular updates on the situation, please keep an eye on my Facebook page. You can also find a list and feeds of authoritative voices on coronavirus here if you're seeking genuine updates and advice amongst all the noise. 

 

Don't forget, you can also join my Mansfield Constituents Group or get in touch with my office at ben.bradley.mp@parliament.uk 

 

Daily press conferences will also be held by the Prime Minister with the support of the Chief Scientific Adviser and the Chief Medical Officer, to keep the public informed about what we're doing to fight the spread of coronavirus and how the public can protect themselves. 

 

I'll be posting short summaries each day, which can be found below:

 

26th March

24th & 25th March

23rd March

21st & 22nd March

20th March

19th March

18th March
17th March

16th March 

 

What is coronavirus?

 

Coronaviruses are a ‘type’ of virus. The coronavirus we are all hearing about is called COVID-19, but you may also hear it called - coronavirus.

 

How serious is COVID-19?

 

The evidence shows us that the vast majority of people who get this virus have relatively mild symptoms and make a full recovery. But in a small percentage of cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. This is particularly true for people with a weakened immune system, for older people and for those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 

 

How can you avoid getting and spreading the virus?

 

Scientists are not yet 100% certain about how this virus spreads but it's likely it's via droplets from coughs and sneezes. The virus spreads easily and can stay on surfaces, it's possible that a lot of us will get it and be affected by it, but if you follow the advice below you will reduce your risk and the risk to others.

  • Clean hands - wash hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds. Do this before leaving home and after returning home, before eating and drinking, and after coughing or sneezing

  • Cover your mouth and nose - with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze - tissue in the bin and wash, or disinfect, your hands immediately

  • Don't touch your face - keep your hands away from your face - especially your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Clean surfaces - disinfect surfaces around you  - especially mobiles, computers, keyboards, worktops, desks, handles...

  • Avoid ill people - stay away from people who have symptoms
     

What are the symptoms?

 

If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites two symptoms to look out for as:

  • A new continuous cough

  • A fever or high temperature
     

What should I do if I have either of the above symptoms?
 

  • Protect others - don't call NHS 111

  • Protect others - don't call, or go to your GP

  • Protect others - don't go to your local hospital
     

Isolate yourself immediately 


 

However if:

  • You are, or become, unable to manage with your symptoms at home

  • Your conditions get worse

  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

You should use the online 111 service or if you can't use the online service call 111
 

 

Isolating yourself
 

  • Stay at home for 7 days - this means not going out at all - do this even if you think your symptoms are mild

  • Ask for help - if you're finding it hard to stay at home - text, email, phone, friends, family, employers or your local community to get help - but they mustn't come into your home

  • Keep your distance - keep 2 metres (around 3 steps) away from others - including family - for the full 7 days - do not go to your GP surgery or hospital

  • Sleep alone - if you can sleep alone you must - it will help ensure people you live with aren't infected

  • Keep washing your hands - often and for 20 seconds with soap and water helps minimise the spread

  • Drink plenty of fluids - and take everyday pain killers like paracetamol

  • Keep cleaning - keeping surfaces clean helps minimise the spread

  • Avoid people at risk - people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to be affected help keep them safe

 

 

 

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