Coronavirus advice for you and your family
Column by Dr Karen Dunderdale, director of nursing at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
There is a lot of unease and uncertainty amongst the population around COVID-19 (coronavirus).
We are working closely with national health bodies and the World Health Organization, who are monitoring the situation with coronavirus closely and providing us with up-to-date advice.
Hospitals in Lincolnshire are well prepared but there are a number of things that everyone can do to help protect themselves and their loved ones.
COVID-19 is a new illness which can affect your lungs and airways. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms. Under current guidance, you should stay at home for seven days if you live alone, or 14 days if you live with others and have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back;
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home and testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
Hand washing is the single most effective way to fight against any infection.
Ensure you are washing regularly with soap and water or using hand gel when necessary.
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