The more of us that use it, the more we can control the coronavirus.
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Rapid testing: Even if you don't have symptoms you can get a test. Find your nearest testing site here: Find a COVID-19 Test Centre Near You>>
April 12 2021: Despite some easing of restrictions, there are no changes to social contact rules. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.
Do all you can to stop the spread of the virus by staying as close to home as you can. You have to return home every evening and stay at home overnight.
Continue to act as if you have the virus; facemasks should be worn in public indoor spaces and on public transport; wash your hands frequently.
The Government have produced a roadmap of changes taking place from March onwards. This is subject to change depending on other factors. For full details visit: Roadmap out of lockdown >>
For more information visit the Gov.UK website>>
Regular hand washing (taking at least 20 seconds), wearing a face mask and keeping a 2 metre distance from people you do not live is how to stop the spread.
For up to date guidance and information on Testing & Tracing, Social Distancing & what to do if you have symptoms, visit NHS England's resource pages>>
From 29 March:
- you will be able to meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)
- you will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
- childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children
- formally organised parent and child groups will be able to take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be not counted in this number.
Full details on how lockdown restrictions are changing can be found on the Gov.UK website>>
Testing to see if you have the virus is important. Depending on your circumstances, you can have a test up to twice a week. For full information visit:
NHS England's guidance on testing>>
Trust Policy on Ward Visits
Ward visits may be suspended in the interests of safety depending on the local rates of COVID-19 infection and transmission.
We want to do everything we can to help you maintain contact with friends and family on our wards at this time. Contact the ward to discuss ways to stay in contact and communicate with your relative or friend.
Suspect You Have the Virus?
Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:
- a fever or high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
- a new, continuous cough
Information about Self-Isolation
You do not need to contact a health professional unless your symptoms become serious. In which case, use the NHS online service to get advice. Only phone NHS111 if you cannot get online.
There are useful video resources produced and collated by ELFT's Learning Disabilities service that can be accessed also:
ELFT Learning Disabilities video guides to Coronavirus (12 videos)>>
Guidance on Shielding (Protecting Vulnerable People)
If you're at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19):
In England, the risk of getting coronavirus is now low enough that you’re no longer advised to shield.
This advice on shielding changes on 1 April 2021.
If you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable you will no longer be advised to shield. However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns.
For more information for people who are high risk from coronavirus, visit the NHSE website.
Advice for people at high risk from coronavirus (shielding)>>
Recovery From the Virus
After 7 days of self-isolation people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal activities. If you show no signs of improvement, contact NHS 111 online. A persistent cough alone after seven days does not mean someone should stay at home.
In a Household With Someone With Symptoms
If someone in your household develops the symptoms of coronavirus, you need to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, the period of time coronavirus can be in your system (incubating) and can make you ill. You can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms so it is vital that you stay indoors.
There are local neighbourhood arrangements that you can access to get food and supplies dropped at your door. People need to stay away and not come not your home.
How Can You Stop the Spread of Infection?
Increase Hand Washing
Encourage family and friends to wash their hands with soap and hot water after contact with surfaces in public places such as rails and handles, doorknobs, doorbells, light switches, lift buttons, cash point buttons, etc.
Do not undertake any unnecessary travel and reduce social contact with others staying 2 m/6 ft away. This is especially important with people over 70 and those with existing health issues. Follow Public Health England's guidance here
Catch It, Bin It, Kill It
- Basic hygiene advice is a key message to all. Always use tissues and dispose of them in a bin.
- Sneeze into the inner crook of your arm if no tissues are available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
There is Self Isolation guidance here about measures to take during this period to ensure you do not pass on any infection to people you live with.
There is Advice for Others in the Household that live with you or who have contact with you. This includes information about getting deliveries, not sharing towels, bed linen, crockery and other steps to reduce cross-infection.
It can be a worrying time when someone is asked to self-isolate. You must not visit but you can support the individuals through emails and texts.