COVID-19 – Latest Advice

April 2020 Update on COVID-19 (a type of Coronavirus)

Please watch this video if you want to know what Coronavirus is and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

For advice on C19 for cancer patients, please click here for more information.

As the pandemic starts to impact on daily life for all of us, it is worth thinking about how it makes us feel and what we can do to see things differently.

Stay at home to stop Coronavirus from spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle? alone or with members of your household.
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

Important: These reasons are exceptions. Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Mind Matters: 10 tips to help if you are worried about Coronavirus

  1. Stay connected with people
  2. Talk about your worries
  3. Support and help others
  4. Feel prepared
  5. Look after your body
  6. Stick to the facts – use trusted websites and don’t believe everything you read on social media or what others tell you that may not have come from credible sources
  7. Stay on top of difficult feelings
  8. Do things you enjoy
  9. Focus on the present
  10. Look after your sleep

Click here to learn more about the things described above (done by Every Mind Matters)

Should I be off for 12 weeks as a result of COVID-19?

A number of patients have contacted the practice because they have been unsure whether they should be staying off work for 12 weeks and why they have not received a letter from the government to do so.

Only those who are considered extremely vulnerable are being advised to shield themselves and stay off for 12 weeks. You can see more information here from the government website.

People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.

  2. People with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy.
    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy.
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment.
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer.
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors.
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

Shielding is for your personal protection. It is your choice to decide whether to follow the measures the government advise. Individuals who have been given a prognosis of less than 6 months to live, and some others in special circumstances, could decide not to undertake shielding. This will be a deeply personal decision. If you are unsure then please feel free to contact us.

What can the rest of us do now?

Have you thought about volunteering for the NHS? – Over 500,000 people have!

Pharmacies are under tremendous pressure locally. Help us by following this advice and sharing it online.

These guidelines were created by MJog and Dr Amir Hannan following the latest guidance from NHS UK.

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