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General and up-to-date coronavirus advice

The latest government advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The main advice for all is to stay at home and practice social distancing.

In order to reduce the spread of the virus the government as urged us all to only leave the house for one of four reasons:

1. Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

2. One form of exercise a day, for example run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your household.

3. Any medical need or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person.

4.Travelling to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home.

Social distancing is the steps you can take to help reduce social interaction between yourselves and others and, as a result, help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

On the government’s website it outlines guidelines on social distancing. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876699/COVID-19_Keeping_away_from_other_people_20200328.pdf

Please see guidelines for staying at home

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876715/Coronavirus_COVID-19_advice_on_staying_at_home_20200328.pdf

What to do If you think you or someone in your household has the infection?

The government is asking people who suspect they have the infection to self-isolate at home. Recommendations for this are 7 days for an individual and 14 day if someone falls ill in your household.

See the guidance on what to do at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Groups that should self-isolate immediately

The government have now sent letters to 1.5 million people in England affected by one of more of dozen serious conditions which it is believed puts them at most at risk from coronavirus.

If you believe that you or member of your household would fall into the at risk category and have not received a letter by the 29th March 2020 or been contacted by your GP, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or Hospital.

If you receive a letter you are encouraged to register by going to www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 028 8327, the Government’s dedicated helpline.

Other links providing information to those at significant risk and require self-shielding measures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Please also read this handy guide for information on self-shielding

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/875126/Easy_read_guidance_on_shielding_March_2020.pdf

Keeping up kids’ mental health during coronavirus

It can be a scary time for children. It’s OK and healthy to acknowledge that.

Please see the link below on how best to maintain your child’s mental well-being.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak