Written by Inspire FM Newsdesk on March 13, 2020
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Here are some tips on how to deal with coronavirus:
1) Take steps to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- stay at home if you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve 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
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
2) Remain calm
There’s no need to panic. Panicking may lead to adverse effects on your physical and mental health. Stay calm and collected.
3) Take care of the vulnerable
The elderly are most affected by coronavirus. This may mean they have to self-isolate. Check up on them to see if they need anything. It is important to note that you may unknowingly be spreading coronavirus (as symptoms may not show), so take precautions such as keeping your distance, talking over the phone and leaving groceries outside their door.
4) What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
If you are staying at home because of the above symptoms or advice from a health professional after being diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) then:
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure you can successfully stay at home
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
- sleep alone, if possible
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
- stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
- you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999