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Stay at home
You must stay at home, only leaving for the following very limited purposes:
- Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.
- One form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your immediate household.
- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
Protect the NHS
You must stay at home to protect the NHS:
- The NHS only has a limited number of doctors, nurses and specialist equipment.
- We are working around the clock to increase NHS capacity.
- The more people who get sick, the harder it is for the NHS to cope.
- We must slow the spread of the disease so that fewer people are sick at any one time.
You must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. The police will have the powers to enforce the following restrictions:
- Dispersing gatherings of more than two people in public, excluding people you live with.
- Issuing fines to anyone who does not comply with these rules.
- Closing shops that are not essential, as well as playgrounds and places of worship.
You can find full guidance on staying at home and away from others here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874742/Full_guidance_on_staying_at_home_and_away_from_others__1_.pdf
You can find the up to date medical advice here: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
You can volunteer to become an NHS Volunteer Responder here: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways that is caused by a virus called Coronavirus.
The approach of the Government, supported by opposition parties, is guided by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Chris Whitty, and Chief Scientific Officer, Sir Patrick Vallance. This is not an easy task, but as your local MP for Broxtowe, I am 100% supportive.
The response of the UK is based on clinical, scientific and medical evidence. It is not reactionary. This is a pandemic that we are taking seriously. We should not play this down.
The symptoms are:
- a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough - this means you started coughing repeatedly
- a shortness of breath
The following advice has been issued by the Government that should be followed:
- If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, however mild, you should stay at home and not leave your house for seven days from when the symptoms started. Do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital. This will help protect others in our community.
- Ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home.
- Keep at least two metres (about 3 steps) away from others in your home, and sleep alone if possible.
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
- Stay away from those who are vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Please only call 111 or use 111 online if you feel as if you cannot cope with your symptoms, or if they worsen or are no better after 7 days. You do not need to call 111 to go into self-isolation.
What we can do to prevent the spreading of Coronavirus:
- 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
If you have recently travelled to the UK from the following places, even if you do not have any symptoms, you should stay indoors and avoid contact with others: Italy; Iran; Hubei province in China; Daegu, Cheongdo or Gyeongsan in South Korea.
As your local MP, I am here to support our health services, individuals and businesses. I will do this in any way I can if they are affected by coronavirus. However, please do understand that I have limited staff, and they are constantly working out to help in whatever way they can.
As the situation progresses and developments are made, I will keep you updated. No matter how the situation feels now, we have gotten through worse. We are a strong country; Britain and Broxtowe will get through this.
If you want the latest information on the government’s COVID-19 Action Plan you can go here: gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan.
If you want more information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk:
- Visit nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for information about the virus and how to protect yourself
- Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help
- Visit gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public for more information
Please remember, self-isolate if you need to, and continue to wash your hands. More advice here