The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a pandemic, and the UK government has raised the risk to the UK from moderate to high. The situation is rapidly evolving and we will continue to be in touch as needed, even if this means messages are frequent.

The most important thing that has changed is that:

     Everyone who has:

- a high temperature OR

- a new continuous cough

must stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. It is no longer relevant whether you have travelled, or are aware of contact with someone who could have the virus. Do not visit your GP, hospital, pharmacy or other medical centre.

  • People with symptoms do not need to contact 111 to inform them
  • Those self-isolating with mild symptoms will not be tested.

A link to all new government information and guidance is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

The most important things you can do is to continue to:

Wash your hands frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue

The virus spreads through droplets in coughs and sneezes. This is the most effective way to stop it.

Prepare to self-isolate

It is possible some of us will need to self-isolate at home for at least seven days. Make sure you understand what this will involve. This NHS link provides a full explanation: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

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