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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health England and West Berkshire Council advice on COVID-19

For the latest advice and information on coronavirus visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Health and local authorities are appealing for people to follow national Government guidance to prevent further spread of the illness and limit the numbers affected.

This guidance includes taking basic hygiene precautions as the best way of significantly reducing the chances of spreading any virus: sneeze or cough into a tissue, bin it, wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands.

Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. Older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection and following the advice will help protect our community and slow the spread of the virus.

Stay at home (“self-isolate”) if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

ü a high temperature

ü a new, continuous cough

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

You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation.

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 keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read NHS advice about staying at home

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, then you should contact NHS 111 online (https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/)

If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

You can read the latest information here: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Self-isolation means you should:

· stay at home

· not go to work, school or public places

· not use public transport or taxis

· ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you

· try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food


What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough

2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible

3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information

4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs

5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media

6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

For those at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) are advised to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. Those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, are advised to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.