The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
Here’s the latest information from the NHS website.
Additional further updates can be found on the Government’s website.
The new key government measures for all are:
Stay at home
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent
outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by everyone.
If you have symptoms, you must not leave your home:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
- if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members 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 house became ill
- People should only use the NHS “where we really need to” – and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible
If you do have to go out, to help stop the spread of the virus you should:
- Keep a distance of 2 metres or 6.5ft
- 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
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you are concerned about coronavirus you can read the latest on the Frome Medical Practice website.
Somerset County Council have also put together some hints and tips for looking after your mental health during this time.
We will be updating this page with further information when it is available.