*The best thing to do if you have questions or concerns is to phone 111 to get information from the NHS.*
As much as we like to focus on the lighter and more positive side of life here at Radio Reminisce, we also think it’s a good idea to share the information and advice that’s out there on how to help protect yourself and others against the new Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus, formally named Covid-19, originated from Wuhan in China and has now spread to over 60 countries, including the UK. Although the country’s chief medical officers have raised the public risk level from low to moderate, the NHS say the risk to individuals remains low.
Basic hygiene is the best way to protect yourself and others. Wash your hands with soap and warm water, properly lathering the hands and thoroughly rinse for at least 20 seconds. Do this after using the bathroom, before preparing meals, and if you’ve been out anywhere. For example, if you have been shopping for example, wash your hands as soon as you get home. Alcohol based sanitiser is a good, effective hand cleaning method when soap and water isn’t available. Be mindful of all the surfaces you are touching when you’re out and about, for example door handles, shopping trolleys, cash machines and anywhere where lots of people have touched previously.
If you want to see how you should wash your hands properly, follow the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-51637561/coronavirus-watch-how-germs-spread
Avoid touching your face if your hands aren’t clean – especially your mouth and eyes as this is where the virus could enter the body. If you feel the need to sneeze or cough follow the catch it, bin it, kill it method. Use a disposable tissue, bin it, then wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into the corner of your arm to help stop germs spreading.
Just like most colds and flu, it is thought that the older you are, the more vulnerable you could be to Coronavirus. If you are elderly and have family, friends or carers visiting your home, don’t feel too guilty to remind them to wash their hands properly as soon as they walk through your front door. Also, remind people to stay away if they are feeling unwell and if you rely on that person to see you, make sure there are alternative arrangements planned just in case.
Typical symptoms of Coronavirus seem to begin with a fever, followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, shortness of breath. They are also the symptoms of much more common viruses such as seasonal colds and flu, so it doesn’t mean that you actually have Coronavirus. If you suspect you have contracted the virus, don’t go into your doctor’s surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Your first port of call is to ring the NHS 111 Service. Simply dial 111 from your telephone. You can also visit the NHS Online page which will ask simple questions and then advise you on what to do next: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Full NHS advice on the Coronavirus can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
and a helpful information page by the BBC can be found here:
So for now the official advice is to practise good basic hygiene to help protect yourself and others against Coronavirus, and to call NHS 111 if you need advice. Otherwise, keep up to date with the news and follow the advice given by the NHS in the coming weeks and months.