COVID-19 (coronavirus) - advice on staying alert and safe
(Updated 1st June 2020)
Thank you to everyone in our community for working together and protecting each other through maintaining physical distancing, good hand hygiene and staying at home as much as possible. It has been hard but your commitment to this is appreciated. Through our collective efforts we have reduced but not eliminated the coronavirus. We need to continue to work together to stay safe in Frome as the lockdown is eased.
The government has updated it's advice about coronavirus, as follows:
We can all help control the virus if we stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
You can read more about what you can and can't do on the government website.
If you're at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19), there are extra steps you're advised to take to protect yourself. These extra steps are called shielding.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Stay alert and safe (social distancing)
We should all now be staying alert and safe and carrying out social distancing. It is important now, more than ever, as the guidance on lockdown changes that we do this.
At this stage, from Monday 1 June:
- You can spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
- You should go to work if you cannot work from home and your business has not been required to close by law
- More shops are beginning to reopen, with a plan for more to do so later in the month
- Children in early years (age 0-5), reception, year 1 and year 6 can return to childcare or school in line with the arrangements made by their school
- You can be tested as part of the test and trace programme, which will enable us to return to normal life as soon as possible, by helping to control transmission risks.
You can read the full guidance on staying alert and safe, and social distancing by clicking the button below:
Protecting your back when working from home
More and more of us are working from home during this time. If this applies to you then this short video gives you some guidance on setting up a workstation to protect your back and neck from potential pain.
Looking after your mental wellbeing whilst staying at home
Some people might find staying at home boring, frustrating or really challenging. There are things we can do to try and overcome some of these feelings.
Some simple tips include staying in touch with friends and family by telephone and face calls, or through social media. But lots of other ideas are being shared online too.
Try searching for 'looking after mental wellbeing when self isolating' for example.
This image (courtesty of @izzybraithwaite on twitter) offers suggestions of things to do if self isolating, based on the Five Steps to Wellbeing. Click the image to see an online version where you will be able to access the various links within the flower petals.
If you are struggling with stress and anxiety relating to the coronavirus outbreak the following links might be helpful:
- Mindline Somerset
- Every Mind Matters - Coronavirus and Mental Health
- Frome Town Council advice and support for families
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Our latest practice update on coronavirus
- Sign up for the NHS App
- Staying alert (social distancing)
- How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus
- What to do if you think you might have coronavirus
- Use of face coverings
- Information in different formats
- Information for patients who are shielding
- Support for people who are shielding
- Temporary changes to services
- Signs and symptoms
- What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
- Isolation notes
- Useful links