COVID-19 NHS ADVICE
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a recently-discovered virus which attacks the lungs and causes disease of the body's airways and respiratory system. It can affect people in different ways, depending on factors such as age and underlying health conditions.
Symptoms usually include a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a change or loss in your normal sense of taste or smell.
If you have symptoms and are unsure of how serious they are, click here to answer a few online questions and find out what advice to follow.
If you have symptoms, you are advised to isolate for 7 days and anyone who lives with you is advised to isolate for 14 days. For self-isolation guidance and advice on how to treat symptoms at home, click here.
Higher Risk Groups
Some people are at higher risk of catching the virus than others and some are also extremely vulnerable. Click here to see if you fall into either of these categories.
NB: If you fall into the extremely vulnerable group, but have not received a letter from the government with shielding advice, please call us on 0121 429 1572 and let us know, so that we can make sure you receive your letter.
Children can also get the virus however with generally fewer cases and much less serious symptoms. It is still important to remain vigilant. Click here to find to what to do if you think your child has the virus.
Full NHS England Coronavirus advice can be found by clicking on: nhs.uk/coronavirus
The government is gradually reducing lockdown measures to enable people to see more of their friends and family.
Two households are now able to meet up whilst maintaining a safe distance (two metres where possible, but no less than one metre).
From Monday 6th July, patients currently shielding may be advised that they can spend more time outside of their homes.
During these adjustments, we ask patients excercise continued caution by keeping in mind the following:
Continue to maintain distance where possible - As well as existing on surfaces, the virus can be airborne. If you stand close to an asymptomatic carrier and inhale their expelled air, you may be vulnerable to breathing in the virus.
NOTE: MANY PEOPLE ARE ASYMPTOMATIC CARRIERS (not suffering any apparent symptoms) AND MAY SPREAD THE VIRUS UNKNOWINGLY. While symptoms may be mild in some, it can be carried to others of a more vulnerable health group and cause more serious issues.
Wash your hands frequently - The virus can be picked up from surfaces and contact with others who may be carrying the virus. If you touch your nose or mouth whilst the virus is present on your hand, it can get absorbed by your respiratory tract and reach your lung/s.
Cover your mouth & nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm (not your hands). Put any used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards. This will help to stop the spread if you are a carrier.