Coronavirus: Cowbridge's Latest Guide to the Virus

By The Editor

16th Mar 2020 | Local News

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Cowbridge Nub News is sharing the key messages on coping with the coronavirus outbreak.

Our easy-to-read guide has been compiled from Government-approved sources.

UPDATED INFORMATION: 21:25 - 16.03.2020

Cowbridge Nub News is sharing the Government's latest guidance on the coronavirus pandemic.

Our simple-to-understand guide includes advice on non-essential contact, avoiding catching coronavirus and what to do if you - or someone in your household - has coronavirus symptoms.

Everyone should avoid all non-essential contact

This means:

  • Stopping all unnecessary travel

Avoiding pubs, clubs, theatres and other similar venues

  • Working from home, if possible
  • Avoiding all unnecessary social contact is particularly important for people 70 years old and above, pregnant women and those with health conditions.
  • Anyone with 'the most serious health conditions' must avoid almost all social contact for 12 weeks, starting from 21/22 March.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus:

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 and before you prepare food and eat
  • 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
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't:
  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Isolate the household if anyone has coronavirus symptoms

The entire household must stay at home for 14 days if anyone has either:

· a high temperature

· a new, continuous cough

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

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

Use the NHS Direct 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 direct if you cannot get help online.

Advice during self-isolation at home:

  • If anyone has coronavirus symptoms the entire household must remain at home.

The family member with suspected coronavirus MUST:
  • Separate themselves from other people in the home and keep the door closed
  • If they have to share a space, stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people and open a window
  • Sleep alone
  • Clean shared surfaces - such as in the bathroom and kitchen - every time they use them
  • Double bag personal waste - such as tissues - in disposable rubbish bags and tie securely. Wait 72 hours before putting in the household waste collection bin

The entire household MUST NOT:

  • Go to work, school, public areas or use public transport or taxis
  • Share their toothbrush, eating and drinking utensils, dishes, drinks, towels, washcloths or bed linen
  • Invite or allow visitors into the house - use the phone or social media

Treatment for coronavirus:
  • There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
  • Drink water to keep yourself hydrated and use over-the-counter medications to help with some of your symptoms.
  • If seven days after the onset of symptoms you feel better and no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.

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How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

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 and before you prepare food and eat

• 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
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't:

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

• Self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms

  • Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

• A high temperature

• A new, continuous cough

• 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.

Use the NHS 111 online [L]https://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/SelfAssessments/symptomcheckers/?ScName=CoronaVirusCOVID19&SCTId=175L+]coronavirus service[.L] 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 Direct if you cannot get help online.

Advice during self-isolation at home:

If you have coronavirus symptoms you must remain in your home.

Do:

• Separate yourself from other people in your home and keep the door closed

• If you have to share a space, stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people and open a window

• Sleep alone

  • Clean shared surfaces - such as in the bathroom and kitchen - every time you use them

• Double bag personal waste - such as tissues - in disposable rubbish bags and tie securely. Wait 72 hours before putting in the household waste collection bin

Don't:

• Go to work, school, public areas, use public transport or taxis or go for a walk

• Share your toothbrush, eating and drinking utensils, dishes, drinks, towels, washcloths or bed linen

• Invite or allow visitors into your home - use the phone or social media

Treatment for coronavirus:

• There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

• Drink water to keep yourself hydrated and use over-the-counter medications to help with some of your symptoms.

• If seven days after the onset of symptoms you feel better and no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.

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