Advice on social distancing from the Department of Health and Social Care

The department of Health and Social Care have provided advice on social distancing measures that everyone should be taking to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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These measures are especially important for people aged 70 and over, pregnant women, or anyone with underlying health conditions.

This information is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

The Department of Health and Social Care are

  • Advising to avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • strongly advising against social activities such as visiting pubs, restaurants and the theatre.
  • Advising against having friends and family visiting your home and instead to keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet and social media
  • Where possible to use the online NHS services in order to reduce pressure on in person services
  • Advising against people using public transport and varying the times they travel to avoid rush hour
  • Where possible, people should work from home

The above guidance is likely to be in place for some weeks.

In addition the Department of Health and Social Care have provided guidance on handwashing and respiratory hygiene, what to do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), how to get assistance with foods and medicines if you are reducing your social contact, what you should do if you have hospital and GP appointments during this period, how to look after your mental wellbeing and advice for informal carers.

The full guidance from Department of Health and Social Care

If you live in a residential care setting please see this guidance

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