The UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the risk to the UK from moderate to high.
Information is changing on a daily basis. To find the latest information please stick to reputable sources:
As per the current advice:
- Travel and contact history is no longer important for diagnosis.
- Anyone who shows certain symptoms to self-isolate for 7 days regardless of whether they have travelled to certain areas. This means to stay at home and avoid all but essential contact to slow the spread of infection. These symptoms are a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) and/or a new continuous cough.
- You do not need to call NHS 111 or contact the surgery to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isoloation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access you should call NHS111. For a medcial emergency dial 999.
- For more information on self isolation: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
- The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is washing their hands more regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Cough and sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
Adur & Worthing Councils together with colleagues in the NHS and volunteers are currently establishing neighbourhood teams which will help provide support to vulnerable people who are isolated and in need of help with issues around food, money, isolation, mental health, safety and digital access. To request community support: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-support/
You may have received a letter from the NHS telling you that you are extremely vulnerable and should be shielded due to a medical condition. Please register: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable (A letter to our at risk and vulnerable patients, please take a moment to read if you fall into this category Vulnerable Patients Letter)
Mental Health during self-isolation
Isolation and quarantine can affect our wellbeing.
Below are very important measures to take:
Keep mentally and physically active and make a plan as both offset low mood and worry.
Put your plan in to diary form and stick to the plan!
AND KEEP TO A ROUTINE TO SUPPORT SLEEP HYGIENE!
Be active (physical fitness)
- Plan an exercise and stretching routine daily – preferably in the morning and at tea time (movement improves our mood as it releases feel good chemicals in our bodies and helps our brains function and we become more mentally motivated too).
- Be productive – do the chores that never get done (eg. clear out cupboards/ garage/ shed, weed your garden, decorate your home)
- If you are isolated with other family members, draw up a list of tasks and get everyone involved so you are working together as a team and supporting one another.
- If you are isolated with children, imaginative play, physical games and crafts are great to combat boredom. If you have other adults in the home, consider taking 'shifts' with the children so that you have time to look after your own mind and body.
Be active (mental fitness)
The National Academy of Sciences states that mental fitness is key to offsetting emotional difficulties. Take your isolation as an opportunity to:
- Learn something new (involve friends/ family by learning something together via video chat!)
- Read a novel or use puzzles like Sudoku/ Crosswords to stimulate parts of the brain which reduce anxiety (consider apps like 'Words with Friends')
- Be creative (eg. try painting or make a photo album), fix broken items in the home or try baking. Do something you enjoy and may not usually have time to do!
- Keep on the phone to family and friends and use Skype, facetime or other forms of video chat to ‘see’ family and friends. Make sure you are involved in supporting others who may be quarantined and living alone.
Don’t worry! You are not alone in the world.