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COVID19 Advice for Everyone & People at Risk
Category: Event | Posted on: 31 Mar 2020
- Everyone should ‘Stay at Home’ to ‘Protect the NHS’ and ‘Save Lives’.
- 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 household
- 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
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser and avoid touching your face.
- If you are working and you can work from home this must be arranged by your employers.
- Only people who are essential or key workers should continue to go to work.
- People should remain in their household unit.
- People who are symptomatic must self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of symptoms and other contacts within the household should self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days.
- Practice good hygiene measures: if you cough or sneeze dispose of tissues and handwash afterwards.
Social Distancing – avoiding contact with others
- Social distancing advice is for everyone and particularly for people who are at higher risk of complications from coronavirus (COVID19), generally those who receive the flu jab, in the following groups:
- People aged over 70 years
- Pregnant women
- People who are morbidly obese (BMI > 40)
- People with multiple chronic or long-term conditions
- Cardiovascular problems e.g. angina, previous heart attack, heart disease, heart failure
- Respiratory problems e.g. COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis
- Diabetes mellitus
- Liver disease e.g. cirrhosis or active hepatitis
- Kidney disease e.g. on dialysis or severe renal failure
- Neurological problems e.g. stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, dementia
- People with poor immune systems (immunocompromised) such as those having chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or taking certain medications which modify the immune system (immunosuppressants) including HIV especially if only recently diagnosed, and those taking steroids
- People without a spleen including people with sickle cell disease
- Active cancer
- Social distancing, shielding and self-isolation are going to cause a significant change to an individual and the family routine which will include minimizing or stopping contact with people in order to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus.
Social Shielding – protecting the extremely vulnerable
- Certain groups are at even higher risk from COVID19 and these groups should adopt strict self-isolation practice and routines consistent with social shielding, so should not go outside at all and avoid all face-to-face contact with people:
- People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
- People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
- Additionally, the practice has identified patients with multiple comorbidities, dementia, severe mental health problems, learning difficulties, and individual patients who fit into this category
- If you live with people who have to go out to work or take children to school, they should make sure they wash their hands and clean down door handles, when they return, and they should consider a change of clothes.
- If there is a way in your home that you can protect yourself by keeping a distance from each other (2 metres or 3 steps) such as staying in separate rooms and using different toilet facilities if possible.
- Avoiding direct contact with people generally, which will include family members who don’t live with you, so avoiding visitors – consider phoning, texting or WhatsApp or using online services like webcams (WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, Alexa or Facebook Portal for example) and remember you can have group webcam chats too.
- Carers, social care, nursing duties and scheduled medical appointments should still continue.
Preparations and considerations
- Consider how you are going to get shopping and supplies – such as deliveries ordered through the internet or postal services; family, neighbours and friends can also help too – but advise any deliveries to be left outside of your front door and wash your hands after handling delivered goods.
- Medicines will need to be ordered via telephone through the POD (prescription ordering direct) service on 08081 647678 (Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm) or online via SystmOne Online or for other issues direct with the practice pharmacist.
- Consider taxi companies (Brighton Taxis 01273 204060 or 01273 202020 or Uber online via app) to help with deliveries or prescription delivery.
- Being in self-isolation and practicing social distancing will have other impacts on your wellbeing – reading, art, games, puzzles, or other creative activities are helpful or think about learning something new like learning to knit, play an instrument or a language; or develop a past time or long-forgotten skill.
- Try to keep in contact with others but avoid face to face meetings; radio, television, audiobooks, podcasts are other ways to keep connected.
- Various museums, art houses or theatres and educational establishments around the world have been offering free and streamed material online.
- You may have connections or networks already that you can rely upon but if you don’t there is an app called Nextdoor-Neighbourhood (on both Apple and Android) which lists and shares local resources.
- Ask a neighbour for their phone number – consider creating a local WhatsApp group.
- Watch out for each other.
- Contact your GP practice only if necessary and note that most consultations are likely to be performed over the telephone or possibly by webcam; only attend the GP practice or hospital if you have an appointment scheduled; only attend A&E or call 999 for emergencies or accidents.
- Vitamin Supplements to boost your immune system during the Covid pandemic
List of organisations in Brighton & Hove
For more information or suggestions call Lizzy on 01273772020 or e-mail email@example.com
Brighton & Hove Adult Social Care Access Point
Out-of-hours: 01273 295555
Support for older people, their families and carers
Age UK Brighton including Age UK crisis support
For people with long-term impairments and disabilities
Possibility People – help with independent living, advice and support
01273 89 40 40
For young carers, adult carers and professionals
01273 746 222
01273 977 000
CareLink Plus – an emergency alarm system that supports vulnerable people within their own homes
0300 123 3301
Text: 07908 823134
Fare Share – relieving food poverty & food waste https://fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-centres/sussex/
Brighton Food Bank
01273 609484 – option 2
See BHWC website for regularly updated information about local food companies who can deliver – SUPPORT LOCAL!
Statutory, financial and employment support
Job Centre Plus (JCP) – emergency contact numbers
Brighton 01273 647533 or 01273 647614
Hove 01273 368161
Support for extremely vulnerable people during coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus and benefits
Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project
01273 671 213
01273 601 211
Moneyworks Advice Line
Tel: 0800 988 7037
Drugs and alcohol
Pavilions Drug and Alcohol Service
My Life Brighton & Hove – online social prescribing directory
Together Co – loneliness charity that supports people by befriending, social prescribing and volunteering
Sussex Interpreting Social Prescribing
Support for refugees in Brighton & Hove
Housing and homeless
Brighton and Hove City Council – Housing Department
Brighton Housing Trust
Sussex Homeless Support
Community Support Network
A community Facebook volunteer support group
Brighton Covid 19 Mutual Aid
Network of local services committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing in Brighton and Hove
Sometimes you might just want to talk – nothing more, which is fine
Mind in Brighton & Hove
01273 66 69 50
0300 123 3393
MindOUT – mental health and wellbeing support for LGBTQ+ communities
116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (24h response time)
Samaritans (Brighton & Hove) 0330 094 5717
Time to Talk Befriending
The Silver Line – helpline for older people
0800 4 70 80 90
Stay at Home Wellbeing – developed by a group of local doctors from Brighton & Hove and Sussex
Yoga in Healthcare Alliance – yoga home videos
BBC News: Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799
From Marvellous Resources Ltd(used with permission 16.3.2020)
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