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Covid-19 Update 17 March

Published on 17 March 2020 07:26 PM

Richard Webb, Corporate Director Health and Adult Services, North Yorkshire County Council admits we have our first confirmed case of Coronavirus in North Yorkshire this week.

He says that  UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the risk to the UK from moderate to high but current advice continues to be that the most important thing for individuals to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water.

The symptoms of Covid-19 are: a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back and have a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly. 

If you feel unwell, self-isolate.  For the majority of people the symptoms will pass but if you are having difficulty breathing or are at all concerned about the progression of your symptoms, then dial 999 for assistance.

But do remember that prevention is better than cure.  As with the flu virus, the most effective way to protect yourself from Covid-19, is to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene.  Adopt the catch it, bin it kill it approach to coughs and sneezes – using a tissue, throw it away then wash your hands.   If you don’t have a tissue use your sleeve.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.