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CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

Our News partner, Radio News Hub, will be providing a 10 minute round-up of the day's developments with the Coronavirus pandemic every evening on Cruise FM at 2200.

This update will include all the new advice from the government following the Prime Minister's daily briefing.

The National Heath Service has put together the following advice on how to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus.

THE U.K. LOCKDOWN - UPDATED

Here is the latest information for the goverment with the new regulations that have been put in place to combat the coronavirus:-


  • Stay at home wherever possible.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Avoid the use of public transport if you can.
  • Take unlimited exercise outside.
  • Enjoy parks and public spaces without exercising.
  • But always keep 2 metres apart from people, other than those from your household, when in public.

  • If unwell, isolate yourself and your family
  • Keep in touch with one another - ITV have relaunched their Britain Get Talking campaign

Social distancing is important as the coronavirus spreads when a person who is infected coughs small droplets which are packed with the virus into the air. These, in turn, can be breathed in, or can cause an infection if you touch a surface that these droplets have landed on and then touch your face with unwashed hands.

People in England are now allowed to spend more time outdoors, for example to have a picnic in park, as long as they observe the social distancing rules. They can also play certain non-contact sports like golf and tennis with one other person from outside their household. Residents in England, are now free to drive as far as they like to outdoor open spaces, but they should NOT travel to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, or stay anywhere else overnight, this includes at a second home.

  • In Scotland and Wales, people are allowed to exercise more than once a day.
  • In Wales, people should start and finish their exercise from home
  • In Northern Ireland, you can drive to a safe place for exercise.
  • Dogs can be walked as part of a person's daily exercise.

INCREASED COVID-19 TESTING

The UK Government has announced increased testing for COVID-19. Potentially you can now get tested free for COVID-19 if you are in any of the following categories:-


  • All of those working on the frontline and social care (with or without symptoms)
  • Patients in the NHS and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms
  • All other essential workers with symptoms
  • Anyone over the age of 65 with symptoms
  • Anyone who goes to work because they cannot work from home (for example, construction workers) and has symptoms
  • Anyone who has symptoms and lives with someone who meets any of the above criteria

Your can either arrange a test yourself, a drive-through one, a home one, or arrange on through your employer. Testing is a critical part of our nation's response to COVID-19 and you should make yourself and your loved ones aware of these opportunities to get tested.

For more information including how to book tests can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. You can just click on the link to go straight to the website.

DO'S

  • Wash you 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 you mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

DON'TS

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Who is at risk?

Having a health condition does not make you more likely than any other member of the population to contract the coronavirus, which is a respiratory disease. It would appear that older members of the community and those with weakened immune systems and people who have underlying chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, or asthma are more at risk of severe effects. After a few days' rest, most people recover from the virus quickly, but for some people it can be more severe and sometimes life-threatening. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other illnesses that are more common, such as cold and flu:-


  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste and smell

Those members of the community that are at higher risk include those who are over the age of 70, regardless of whether they have a medical condition or not, and people under 70 with any of the following underlying health conditions:-

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's Disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebal palsy
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen - for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant.

In the coming days, around 1.4 million people at the highest risk of complications, such as patients having treatement for cancer or people on immunosuppressant therapy, will be asked to isolate at home for 12 weeks to protect themselves, and they will get special guidance from the NHS.

Source: BBC