Coronavirus COVID-19 is rapidly spreading around the world, and although there is a lot still to learn about the virus, the advice to slow down the spread of the virus is pretty clear.
So, how can you help to slow down the spread of Coronavirus?
• Stay at home – this means no unnecessary journeys or social contact.
• Only leave the house for essential shopping, medical needs, and exercise once a day.
• You can only travel to and from work but only if it is absolutely necessary.
• Any social gatherings of more than two people is banned. This, however, does not apply to people you live with.
• You should not visit other people’s houses or socialise with anyone outside your house.
• If you start to develop any symptoms, you must isolate yourself, and your family.
• And finally, rather than face to face contact, keep in touch with any family and friends with regular phone calls, video chats, or texting. If you do not follow the rules, the police can fine you!
So what day you need to do to avoid Coronavirus?
• You should be thoroughly cleaning your hands, and the World Health Organisation recommends that the handwashing process should take around 20 to 30 seconds minimum.
• Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues and dispose of them correctly as soon as they are used.
• If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve. Once you have sneezed or coughed, wash your hands thoroughly or use an alcohol hand gel.
• And finally, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands – this is how the virus gets into your body.
The main symptoms of Coronavirus include fever and tiredness, a continuous cough and breathing difficulties. The current rule is if you live with someone who has a new continuous cough or high temperature, you should stay at home for 14 days in case any symptoms develop. Where possible, you should stay at least three steps away from other people in your house.
If your symptoms appear to get worse or do not get any better after seven days, please seek medical advice. Use the online 111 Coronavirus service at https://111.nhs.uk. In Northern Ireland, call 111. If they deem it necessary, you may be tested for the virus at a hospital.