COVID-19 Update and Guidance June 2020
Stay alert!! Control the Virus!! Save Lives!!
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
REMEMBER: It’s very important that we look after our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Based on the Take 5 steps to wellbeing, this leaflet offers tips on supporting your mental and emotional wellbeing while staying at home during the current coronavirus outbreak.
It’s important that children continue to be active, this fun physical activity record sheet outlines the recommended physical activity guidelines for children aged 5 to 18 and includes an easy way for children to keep track of how much physical activity they are getting.
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms??
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
After 10 days, or longer, if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste, you must continue to self-isolate until you feel better.You do not need to self-isolate if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste after 10 days, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ending isolation section below for more information.
If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), then you must stay at home for at least 10 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill. See the explanatory diagram.
There are some really simple steps we can all take to get into good habits to protect ourselves and others to stop the spread of viruses and germs including Coronavirus.
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, and use soap and hot water. Handwash Poster
- Particularly remember to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas or travelling on public transport.
- Promote the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it We can all reduce the spread of all germs when we cough or sneeze, by covering mouths and noses with a tissue, or a sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately in a closed bin
- Keep up to date with information from trusted sources – like these:
- Public Health England - five things you can do to protect yourself and your community
To see the latest daily national and regional updates go to: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Phone Tree for Freckenham, Worlington, Barton Mills and West Row. This is how it works:
Sandie will act as the co-ordinator - anyone who would like to receive a regular phone call over the next few weeks and months phone (01638 720770), Sandie will match you up with two 'phone buddies'. The idea is you can just have a natter, or simply let each other know you are ok. You can decide between yourselves when to start regular calls (perhaps once one of you is in isolation) and how often etc.
*IMPORTANT: the idea is not for you to offer practical help to your phone buddy - don't be put off by worrying that you won't be able to offer that level of support. It's purely to keep in touch by phone, and the more people who join in, whether in isolation or not, the better it will work when it's needed. If your phone buddy becomes ill or needs supplies, you or they can call Sandie and let her know and she will then sort out practical help by matching them up with one of the volunteers who have offered that kind of support.
Cllr. Alan Marshall has offered help with deliveries of Potatoes, Veg & Eggs;
Tel: 07939 265578
Home, but not Alone Scheme (Collaborative Communities Board)
West Suffolk Council Coronavirus Advice:
Suffolk County Council Coronavirus Advice: