The NHS and other major public health organisations all say the best way to stop the spread of coronavirus is to stay home as much as possible, especially if you believe you have been exposed to the virus or show symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
We urge you to self-isolate (even from family or roommates) for 7 days if...
...You show symptoms of COVID-19 infection
We urge anyone with the following symptoms to self-isolate and contact the 111 online coronavirus service.
The main symptoms of early COVID-19 infection are:
- High fever
- Continuous dry cough
- Shortness of breath
...You have been in contact with someone who was exposed to coronavirus
Please consider self-isolating and contacting the 111 online coronavirus service if you have recently been in contact with anyone who:
- Has tested positive for COVID-19 infection
- Is currently being tested for COVID-19
- Has been advised to self-quarantine
...You have visited any of the COVID-19 infection hot spots
According to Public Health England, anyone returning to the UK from the places listed below since 9 March 2020 should self-isolate and contact the 111 online coronavirus service.
- Wuhan city and Hubei Province in China
- Daegu or Cheongdo in the Republic of Korea
If you have returned to the UK from any of the countries listed below, Public Health England recommends self-isolating if you develop symptoms.
- China (outside Wuhan city or Hubei Provence)
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Korea (outside Daegu or Cheongdo)
For information on the infection hot spots and symptoms please refer to this guide from the NHS.
Reduce the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) by:
Washing Your Hands (Thoroughly and Often)
It may not be rocket science, but a proper hand-washing technique is vital in fighting everyday germs as well as coronavirus.
Wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you enter a location (your home or workplace for example) from a public space.
To wash your hands, wet them with warm water, and lather for 20 seconds. This is about as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song two times through, or the chorus of many other songs.
Once you’ve lathered, rinse the soap from your hands with warm water and dry with a clean cloth or single-use paper towel that you throw away immediately.
This video from the NHS also explains and shows how to properly wash your hands.
If you cough or sneeze into your hands or touch a surface like a handrail or door handle, use one to three pumps of a hand sanitiser gel that contains at least 60% alcohol and wash your hands as soon as possible.
It's also a great idea to sanitise your phone regularly, as they can harbour a far larger number of bacteria and viruses than many public surfaces (even a bathroom).
Not Touching Your Face
This is difficult, as the average person touches their face 10 to 15 times per hour. However, this is one of the easiest ways for germs like coronavirus to enter your body and potentially make you ill or infect others.
Covering Your Cough or Sneeze
When sneezing or coughing, direct your face into the crook of your elbow.
You can also cover your mouth and nose with a single-use paper tissue then throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands or use hand sanitising gel.
Practising Physical Distancing
Keeping distance between ourselves and everyday public places and our loved ones is difficult, but necessary in situations such as the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Avoid face-to-face social interaction whenever possible. While daily walks or trips to the store are allowed, it is important to keep a distance of 3 steps (1.5 metres) between yourself and anyone else at all times.
This 1.5-metre minimum distance reduces the likelihood that a respiratory droplet can land on you or another person and spread the coronavirus.
It’s also important to be aware that this particular virus presents more of a risk to older people and to those with pre-existing medical conditions. If you or anyone you know fits into these categories, it is very important to keep your distance to keep them safe.
Everyone at Mebelle deeply appreciates your cooperation during this difficult time.
If you want more information on coronavirus or COVID-19 infection, please read this Public Health England page as it is constantly updated with the latest information and advice.