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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

What should you do during the UK lockdown as announced by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson....


  • Stay at home - there should be no unnecessary journeys or social contact
  • Only leave home for essential shopping, medical needs and exercise once a day
  • You can travel to work if absolutely necessary, if this can't be done from home
  • Public gatherings of more than two people are banned - excluding people you live with
  • Don't visit other people's houses or socialise outside your home
  • Police will be able to fine you if you don't follow the rules

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

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

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