Coronavirus Covid-19

Date: 

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

For the latest government guidance on Coronavirus (Covid-19) please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Latest UK Government advice - Coronavirus (Covid-19) what you need to do:

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

Anyone can spread the virus. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. See full guidance on staying at home here: https://bit.ly/StayHome1

Updated 30/03/2020

Public Health England have published a guide on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Read it here: https://bit.ly/2Jpiy9X

Updated 29/03/2020

Public Health England have published a guide on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Read it here: https://bit.ly/2JoV452

Updated 19/03/2020

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus Covid-19.

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

Public Health England strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

The latest information from Public Health England can be found on the Public Health England website.

Updated: 17/03/2020

The repeated advice from experts at Public Health England is that hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing or coughing into a tissue is the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Current advice around Coronavirus

The most up to date advice is available on the NHS Coronavirus website.

The latest advice on what actions to take if you feel you might be suffering from the symptoms of Coronavirus can be found using the NHS 111 coronavirus service.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

For guidance on how to dispose of your personal waste if you are self-isolating, please see the information on our recycling and waste section of our website

Updated 13/03/2020

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

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.

Read NHS advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Updated: 11 March 2020

We understand residents and visitors may have concerns about COVID-19; we are monitoring the situation closely and coordinating with Public Health England and a Surrey-wide public sector network, comprising councils, the NHS and emergency services.

We would like to reassure you that Public Health England and the NHS are well-prepared to deal with coronavirus. The priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases. The NHS has expert teams of highly-trained staff and specialist hospital units around the country ready to receive and care for any patients with any highly infectious disease.

Public Health England is updating the coronavirus page on the GOV.UK website daily with the latest information - here

Prevent coronavirus spreading

There are things we can all do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

If you are worried about your symptoms, use the online NHS 111 coronavirus service or call NHS 111. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy, hospital or other healthcare setting.

COVID-19: Latest travel advice -  here

COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses - here

COVID-19: guidance for social or community care and residential settings  - here