Coronavirus Information

UPDATED: 22/03/2020

If you wish to volunteer to help those in need, please visit my Coronavirus - Volunteer page

If you need urgent help whilst self-isolating, please call 01388 342 022 or email dehenna.davison.mp@parliament.uk.

IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS
IF YOU LIVE ALONE, ISOLATE YOURSELF IMMEDIATELY FOR 7 DAYS
IF YOU LIVE WITH OTHERS, YOU AND YOUR WHOLE HOUSEHOLD SHOULD ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS. More details are outlined below.

SHIELDING THE MOST VULNERABLE

Today the Government is asking around 1.5m people who are most at risk from Coronavirus to stay at home completely for the next 12 weeks. The NHS will be contacting these people in the coming days.
 

WHO NEEDS TO SHIELD?

This includes people who are living with severe respiratory conditions, specific cancers, those who have received organ transplants, and some of those receiving immuno-suppressant drug treatments.

The full list of conditions can be found here

FAMILY MEMBERS AND CARERS

If you live in a household with someone who is shielding, you yourself will not have to follow the same strict shielding guidelines, but MUST continue to follow the Public Health England guidance on social distancing.

Carers - formal and informal - can continue to visit, but again they must follow the social distancing guidance from Public Health England.

If you have complex conditions, you will continue to receive care, though this may take slightly different forms.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

For people who don't have a support network close by, the Government will be creating a network of local hubs across the country, to ensure that nobody needs to worry about getting the food, medicines and other essential items they need.

  • Medicines will be delivered by local pharmacies.
  • Groceries and house hold items will be delivered by local councils and food distributors, working with supermarkets. 
  • All parcels will be left on the doorstep.
  • The first parcels will be delivered towards the end of next week, and there will be lots of opportunities for people to volunteer.

This is a difficult time for us all, but it is also an opportunity for us to make our incredible communities even stronger. 

As always, if you are in need of any support, get in touch: dehenna.davison.mp@parliament.uk

Information about Coronavirus - COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a ‘type’ of virus. The particular strain we are all hearing about is called COVID-19, but you may also hear it called simply "Coronavirus".
 

How serious is COVID-19?

The evidence shows us that the vast majority of people who get this virus have relatively mild symptoms and make a full recovery. But in a small percentage of cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. This is particularly true for people with a weakened immune system, for older people and for those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 

A lot of false information about this virus is being shared - it’s very important that you make sure that the information you use comes from a trusted source - all of the information on this page has been sourced from the NHS.

How can you avoid getting and spreading the virus?

Scientists are not yet 100% certain about how this virus spreads but there is a belief it's via droplets from coughs and sneezes. The virus spreads easily and can stay on surfaces, It is possible that a lot of us will get it and be affected by it, but if you follow the advice below you will reduce your risk and the risk to others.

  • Clean hands - wash hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds. Do this before leaving home and after returning home, before eating and drinking, and after coughing or sneezing
  • Cover your mouth and nose - with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze - tissue in the bin and wash, or disinfect, your hands immediately
  • Don't touch your face - keep your hands away from your face - especially your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean surfaces - disinfect surfaces around you - especially mobiles, computers, keyboards, worktops, desks, handles...
  • Avoid ill people - stay away from people who have Coronavirus symptoms

What are the symptoms?

If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites two symptoms to look out for as:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A fever or high temperature

What should I do if I have either of the above symptoms?

IF YOU LIVE ALONE, ISOLATE YOURSELF IMMEDIATELY FOR 7 DAYS

IF YOU LIVE WITH OTHERS AND YOU OR ONE OF THEM HAS SYMPTOMS, THE WHOLE HOUSEHOLD SHOULD ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS

If in doubt, use NHS 111 online as the first port of call for guidance. 

  • Protect others - don't call NHS 111 unless it is very urgent
  • Protect others - don't call, or go to your GP
  • Protect others - don't go to your local hospital

However if:

  • You are, or become, unable to manage with your symptoms at home
  • Your conditions get worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

You should use the NHS 111 online service or call NHS 111.

Isolating yourself

  • Stay at home for the required 7 or 14 days - this means not going out at all - do this even if you think your symptoms are mild. If you need food and supplies, try and ask if family, friends or neighbours can help
  • Ask for help - if you're finding it hard to stay at home - text, email, phone, friends, family, employers or your local community to get help - but they mustn't come into your home
  • Keep your distance - keep 2 metres (around 3 steps) away from others for the full 7 or 14 days - do not go to your GP surgery or hospital
  • Sleep alone - if you can sleep alone you must - it will help ensure people you live with aren't infected
  • Keep washing your hands - often and for 20 seconds with soap and water helps minimise the spread
  • Drink plenty of fluids - and take everyday pain killers like paracetamol
  • Keep cleaning - keeping surfaces clean helps minimise the spread
  • Avoid people at risk - people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to be affected help keep them safe

Take care,
Dehenna