Here is some advice from doctors and health experts on how to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus, and how to deal with it if you or someone you know has it. Keep a regular eye on current advice and restrictions from gov.org.uk and NHS.
How can I prepare?
- Make sure you have enough paracetamol, aspirin, Lemsip, or other medicine
in your home in case you aren’t able to go out for a week or two.
- Have a back-up supply of cleaning products that you can use to disinfect your home.
- Keep a small supply of food so that you and the people in your home won’t go hungry
if you have to self-isolate.
- Arrange with someone you know who lives nearby to look after each other
in case one of you gets sick.
What should I do to keep my home safe?
- Clean surfaces, light switches, door handles, and taps at least once a day with household detergent.
- Wash your hands as soon as you arrive home, and make sure people who visit you do the same.
Also wash hands before eating, after using a tissue, after using the toilet, and if you need to touch another person.
- Try to keep gatherings of people to a minimum – this might mean cancelling a birthday party,
Sunday lunch, or other occasions where you would usually be in a room with other people.
What should I do when I’m out and about?
- If you feel even mildly ill, or have been in contact recently with someone else
who has become ill, avoid leaving the house, or going to public places.
- Keep a distance of at least 2 metres from other people in public.
- Always use a tissue to cover your mouth/nose when coughing.
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging, kissing, or bodily contact with other people.
What should I do if I start to feel ill?
- Stay at home: avoid work, pubs, cinemas, gyms or other public
places where large groups of people gather.
- Maintain social distance - avoid coming closer than 2 metres or so from other people.
- Self-isolate. This means staying in a separate room from other people, and avoiding
any direct contact with them wherever possible.
- If possible, use a separate bathroom to the other people in your home, or if that's not possible, schedule different times to use it and disinfect areas you touch with a bleach-based cleaning product as often as possible.
- If your symptoms get worse, or you start to feel difficulty breathing, contact a doctor.
All of these suggestions work: we can stop coronavirus if we act now and act together!