Everyone will be aware of (COVID-19) Corona Virus that is currently affecting people all around the world. Here at Sikh Helpline we have compiled some useful information.
These are currently the main guidelines that are being advised.
- The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to. Also wash your kara in the same way when you wash your hands as corona virus stays on metal
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.
Instructions on protecting yourself from Corona Virus, and what to do if exposed, are changing and being updated regularly. We advise checking the NHS and Government websites for the latest information.
NHS Advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Government Advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus