Covid-19 is an illness that affects the lungs and airways. As it is a new illness, it is not conclusively known how it spreads, but it is thought to spread in the same way as similar viruses, via cough droplets. There is no specific treatment for coronavirus, and the advice is to treat the symptoms while the body fights the illness.
The symptoms of Covid-19 include:
- Fever and tiredness
- Breathing difficulties
- Continuous cough usually dry
- loss of taste loss of smell
The current advice from the NHS and the government is to self-isolate for seven days if you have a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, or 14 days of you have had contact with someone with with Corona., even if you do not have symptoms. Call to 111 is advisable if you are unsure what to do.
To prevent catching or spreading coronavirus, take heed of the following advice:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use a tissue for coughs and sneezes – and then dispose of it in the bin and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your elbow.
- Use hand sanitiser if soap and water is not immediately available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with those who are unwell.
- Try to keep at least two metres from others in your home, especially older people or those with long-term health conditions.
If self-isolating at home:
- Ask friends and family to deliver shopping like food and medicines but avoid contact with them.
- Sleep alone if possible.
- Drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol, to help with symptoms.
- Do not have visitors.
- Do not leave the house.
- Do not share corckery, toewls, beds etc.
Currently, the situation in the uk is changing every day, so make sure you follow the news for any new updates and advice. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and information in British Sign Language can be accessed on SignHealth’s website.
We hope this will answer some of your questions as we move forward. As this is a fast changing environment, we will be sending you a more email about the shape of things to come once the government gives us a definitive return to work date and our sector is issued with more detail regarding operational guidelines.
In the meantime, we hope everyone stays alert, keep safe and healthy and know we will be there to greet you on the other side.