Last Updated: 27 March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Updates from the Prime Minister will include the provision of an interpreter on BBC 107 or 231. Official Government and NHS information and guidance is updated daily and can be accessed here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
A summary of key guidance is also provided below (scroll down for more videos):
New government announcement 27 March 2020 – ‘Extra 33,000 hospital beds to be made available for coronavirus patients’
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do
- Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Where to get help
You can call NHS 111 in BSL by visiting interpreternow.co.uk/nhs111 or use their app on your mobile device. Or use the NHS 111 online service at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
People at higher risk of Coronavirus
The guidance below is from the government website for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition.
People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:
- Solid organ transplant recipients
- People with specific cancers:
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
- People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
The NHS in England is directly contacting people with these conditions to provide further advice.
If you think you fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people listed above and you have not received a letter by Sunday 29 March 2020 or been contacted by your GP, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician.
What you need to know if you are at higher risk of Coronavirus
If you have an underlying health condition listed above, you are at very high risk of severe illness as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) requiring admission to hospital.
Shielding is a practice used to protect extremely vulnerable people from coming into contact with coronavirus.
You are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day you receive your letter. Please note that this period of time could change.
New government announcement 26 March 2020 – ‘Self-employed workers also able to apply for a grant to cover 80% of their earnings’
New government announcement 25 March 2020 – ‘Government says that if you can stay at home then you should’
New government announcement 24 March 2020 – Britain is looking for 250,000 “NHS volunteers” to help national health service employees. Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS
New government announcement 23 March 2020 – Government orders citizens to stay at home to stop the spread of Coronavirus
New government announcement 22 March 2020 – Government will take ‘further measures’ if social distancing advice isn’t followed
New government announcement 20 March 2020 – cafes, pubs and restaurants to close
New government announcement 19 March 2020
New government announcement 18 March 2020 – schools update
New government guidance announcement 16 March 2020
New government guidance announced 12 March 2020
Information about coronavirus
What is Coronavirus?
This video was updated on 09/03/2020
How do I avoid getting sick or spreading the virus?
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
I was in contact with someone who might have coronavirus, what should I do?
How do I avoid catching coronavirus?
SignHealth has translated the information above from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.
How to stop coronavirus spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean