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April 8, 2020

Coronavirus information: How to stay safe and help others

by M J Farah

The latest government advice is to stay home to help save lives in the fight against coronavirus © Microsoft News For Good The latest government advice is to stay home to help save lives in the fight against coronavirus Microsoft News For Good’s Kindness in Crisis campaign aims to bring Britain together and offer essential support in these troubled times. Here you will find the latest information guidance to keep you safe, fully informed and empowered to help others.

Stay at home: The UK government has announced strict measures to help tackle coronavirus. Police now have the power to enforce stay at home measures in the UK. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable. People are advised to only leave their home when absolutely necessary, for example to shop for essential food and medical supplies. One form of exercise alone or with your household will be permitted. Public parks may be forced to closed if the public do not adhere to social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet.

The World Health Organization and the NHS offer the following advice to stay safe and protect against the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands when you get home or into work. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). When you cough or sneeze put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid contact with people outside your household. Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who doesn’t live with you
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

More information from the NHS can be found here.A message reading "Thank you NHS" is displayed on the outside of Wembley Stadium © Reuters A message reading “Thank you NHS” is displayed on the outside of Wembley Stadium

Self-isolate for 14 days if you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • If you live with others (and especially those who are high risk) then you should all stay home
  • Use the NHS 111 service if your symptoms get worse or do not get better after 7 days

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Government advice

  • Schools across the UK are now shut until further notice, with only the children of key workers attending classes
  • Brits have been advised to stay at home and avoid all social gatherings under current measures. Gyms, retailers selling non-essential goods, restaurants and pubs have been closed. Food outlets will be allowed to offer takeaways without planning permission
  • However the government has advised against all non-essential world travel for a period of at least 30 days

Source. Microsoft News UK

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