The Government has issued a new message regarding the coronavirus pandemic:
Stay alert, Control the virus, Save Lives
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
The government has published coronavirus FAQs on what what you can and can't do.
It has also produced information on the types of business still closed and exceptions.
Reducing the spread
The focus is on good respiratory and hand hygiene and specifically:
- Wash your hands more often and for at least 20 seconds. Take a look at the NHS hand washing technique.
- Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: get home or into work; blow your nose, sneeze or cough; and eat or handle food.
- Hand sanitiser should be used only when you don’t have access to soap and water- as soap and water remains the best method to maintain hand hygiene.
- Hands should be dried thoroughly after washing.
The government advice for reducing the spread of COVID-19 is as follows:
- Continue to wash your hands more often and for 20 seconds. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
- Self-isolate if you develop a high temperature or a new continuous cough, however mild.
- You should self-isolate for 7 days if you live alone, or 14 days if you live with other people. If anyone in your household is experiencing one of the above symptoms the whole household should self-isolate for 14 days.
- Those who are over 70, with an underlying health condition or are pregnant, are strongly advised to significantly limit face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.
Further information and useful resources:
National Government advice where you can find specific guidance documents for schools, transport workers, residential care, supported living and home care and information for employees, employers and businesses.
The Government has launched a free WhatsApp service that will allow people to get answers to the most common questions about COVID-19 directly from government, reducing the burden on NHS services. More information can be found on the Government website.