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Coronavirus Update

 As of 2pm on 27/02/2020 there were 7,692 patients tested and only 17 positive cases of Coronavirus confirmed in the UK

 If you have travelled from the following countries you are advised to stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and contact NHS 111 for advice

Even if you do not have any symptoms

 Hubei Province (China)

in the last 14 days

 or

 Iran

Northern Italy (lockdown areas)

Lombardy:Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorana

South Korea (Special Care Zones)

Daegu or Cheongdo

 Since 19th February 2020

If you have travelled from the following countries in last 14 days and have symptoms of cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if mild) you are advised to stay indoors, avoid other people and call NHS 111 for further advice

 Mainland China/South Korea – not mentioned above

Hong Kong

Japan

Macau

Malaysia

Singapore

Taiwan

Thailand

 Or

Travelled from the following since 19th February 2020 and have symptoms of cough, temperature or shortness of  breath you are advised to stay indoors, avoid other people and call NHS 111 for further advice.

 Italy

(anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)

Cambodia

Loas

Myanmar

Vietnam

 How to avoid spreading or catching:

There are things you can do to reduce the spread

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when you sneeze

Discard tissues immediately

Wash you hands with soap and water often – use a hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

 Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 If you think you have been infected with Coronavirus –

Self Isolate

Do not go to your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

Call NHS 111 for advice

 

What is self Isolation?

If you are asked to self isolate this is what you should do

Stay at home

Stay away from work, schools or public places

Do not use public transport or taxis

Ask friends or families to run errands for you

Avoid visitors coming to your house – it is ok for delivery of food or essential items.

You may be asked to do this for 14 days to reduce the spread of infection to other people

 What is the treatment for Coronavirus?

There is currently no treatment for this illness

Antibiotics do not help as they do not work against any virus

Any treatment that you are advised to take will be to treat the symptoms not fight the illness

Self Isolation for 14 days

 More information is available at:

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

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CORONAVIRUS 

Coronavirus presents with flu like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. 

The virus is confirmed by taking samples/swabs from the patient’s nose and throat and possibly samples from the respiratory system.

 

The majority of cases have experienced mild symptoms and those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had underlying health conditions.

 

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days:

You should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.  Call NHS 111 and inform them of your recent travel to this area. They will advise you of the next steps

 

If you have travelled from the following areas:

Mainland China

Thailand

Japan

Republic of Korea

Hong Kong

Taiwan

Singapore

Malaysia

Macau

And you develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath you should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country and your symptoms.

 

We are asking patients to take simple common sense steps to limit the spread of the virus – as you would with any other flu like virus, this includes:

Staying at home and not going to work, school or public areas

Avoid travelling on public transport

NHS 111 will advise you of the next steps.

 

These steps are highly precautionary and are aimed at limiting the potential spread of infection.  The majority of patients who have had the virus have made a good recovery.   

 

Please do not attend your GP Practice, as stated if you fit the above criteria please call NHS 111 for further advice.

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