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Coronavirus update

Published on 23 March 2020 03:10 PM

Age UK Tameside is focusing on supporting our customers and clients who are self-isolating. Our Get Up and Go and Information and Advice services are still open and we ask that you contact the following numbers to talk to staff:

  • Information and Advice: 07943 272 253
  • Get Up & Go: 0161 308 5000

Tameside residents: if you are self-isolating and have no family, friends or neighbours to support you with the delivery of essential items, please get in touch with Tameside Council so that they can arrange the support you need.

Below is some useful information from the Tameside MBC website, following the advice given by the Chief Medical Officer:

Stay at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

STAY AT HOME GUIDANCE IS AVAILABLE HERE

Staying at home, for households with possible COVID-19 infection

Social distancing to protect vulnerable groups

Use the NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE IS AVAILABLE HERE

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

DO

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

DON’T

  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • have visitors to your home, including friends and family

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You'll be given specific advice about what to do.

Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage - wait to be contacted.