With up to five known deaths linked to Coronavirus as of Monday (9th March), the Government is pushing the importance of washing your hands for 20 seconds.
What is Coronavirus?
The NHS describe Coronavirus as “a family of a family of viruses common across the world in animals and humans”.
However, this year’s outbreak has not been previously seen in humans, meaning the Government or NHS are unsure how to treat the virus.
The NHS and WHO (World Health Organisation) have released detailed plans on on the disease and what the symptoms are.
Covid-19 seems to start with a fever, progressing to a dry cough and then, after a week, returns with shortness of breath and sometimes leading to hospital treatments in the most severe cases.
Currently there are 30 hospitals on standby to take patients – although there is only five qualified in the UK to take the most severe cases.
The Government and NHS are urging people who suspect they have the virus to contact 111 and self-isolate to prevent spreading.
People who are worried they have Covid-19 SHOULD NOT go to their local GP or A&E.
The World Health Organisation recommends the following:
Washing your hands for 20 seconds.
Maintaining social distance of up to 1 meter.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Practice respiratory hygiene.
If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing – seek medical care early.
If you think you do have Covid-19, here’s what will happen.
Don’t go to your local GP or A&E.
Contact NHS 111.
You may be asked to self-isolate.
Your details may be passed on to local health protection teams.
You may be then tested for the virus.
A doctor or nurse will give you advice on what to do next.
Boris Johnson’s Four Step Plan
Boris Johnson announced yesterday (9th March) the UK is to take a four step plan to prevent the spread of Covid-19, more commonly known as Coronavirus.
These steps will progress depending on the seriousness of the virus spreading throughout the UK over time.
Detect early cases of the virus.
Follow up close contacts.
Prevent the disease taking hold in the country for as long as possible.
Slow the spread in the country.
If it does take a hold, lower the peak impact and push it away from the winter season.
Better understanding of the virus.
Lessen the actions and the effects on the UK population.
Innovate responses including diagnostics, drugs and vaccines.
Use evidence to inform the development of the most effective models of care.
Provide the best care possible for people who become ill.
Support hospitals to maintain essential services.
Ensure ongoing support for patients to help minimise the overall impact of the virus on society, public services and on the economy.