Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness which affects your lungs and airways. For most people, it causes mild to moderate symptoms, but in some cases can become more serious and require hospital treatment.
It is not yet known exactly how the virus is spread, but similar viruses are spread by droplets carried in coughs and sneezes. The current risk to the public in the UK is regarded as moderate by the Chief Medical Officers.
At Age UK Lincoln & South Lincolnshire we take the health and well-being of our clients, staff and volunteers very seriously and always work hard to ensure that everyone remains safe and well. We are currently following NHS and government guidelines on how best to respond to the outbreak, in order to continue providing vital services to older people whilst also supporting staff and volunteers.
For the latest service updates from Age UK Lincoln & South Lincolnshire, see below.
Scroll down for links to more information about COVID-19, how you can help yourself and others reduce the risk of catching or spreading it and what to do if you think you might have symptoms. For advice from the Government about travelling abroad click here.
NHS Coronavirus advice
Visit the NHS website for the best advice on how to reduce your risk of catching coronavirus and what to do if you think you may have symptoms.
How do I reduce the risk of getting coronavirus?
One of the best ways to reduce the risk of infection is to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, using soap and hot water. You should do this when you return home, before eating or handling food and after sneezing or blowing your nose. It is advised that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Make sure that you catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue or your sleeve, and put used tissues in the bin, then wash your hands.
What should I do if I feel unwell?
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a new, continuous cough
- a fever/high temperature
- shortness of breath
These are similar to many other illnesses and if you have them it does not necessarily mean that you have coronavirus. However, the Government is now advising that anyone with the these symptoms should stay at home for 7 days. This is a precaution to try and reduce/delay the spread of the disease.
If your symptoms are mild, you do not need to go to your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
However, if your symptoms get worse or have not improved after 7 days, or if you cannot manage the synmptoms at home, use the online 111 coronavirus service for more advice.
Questions and Answers
If you have any further questions concerning coronavirus, check out the new Public Health England blog for the most comprehensive and reliable answers.
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