Coronavirus Update- Advice for Health & Social Care Professionals

What is Coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus common across the world. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), the strain currently causing concern, is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

What are the symptoms?

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Infection Control Protocols

The government is advising to follow general principles to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • if you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
  • Stay at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough. This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
  • If you feel unwell with these symptoms, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. The NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms. Find out more about the Stay At Home guidance here

You find out the latest updates on COVID-19 on the Government’s website – click here to find out more.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 acute respiratory disease. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

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