Published 9th June 2020
This page is dedicated to providing you with up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19). As your Member of Parliament, I am in close contact with Ministerial Colleagues and committed to helping you, your family, and local businesses in these challenging times. As you can imagine, we are very busy at the moment, so please make use of the resources below which should answer many of your questions, however, if you require further assistance:
Information about COVID-19
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease with usually mild symptoms, but some people can become very unwell. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- High temperature
- New, continuous cough
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
For more information on symptoms, use the official NHS website. If you or someone in your household have coronavirus symptoms, the person with symptoms should self-isolate immediately for 7 days, or longer if you still have symptoms, and anyone in the same household should self-isolate for a period of 14 days starting from the day when the first person in the household became ill (more advice on self-isolation here). If you need medical help, DO NOT travel to your GP, pharmacy or hospital, instead please use the 111 online coronavirus service. In an emergency call 999.
Additionally, some people such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with health conditions may be at higher risk. Get NHS information here.
Stay Alert, Control the Virus
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. Current government guidance says:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Clean surfaces around you regularly
- Wear face coverings in public
- Keep indoor places well ventilated
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is eligible for testing. Do not wait. Ask for the test as soon as you have symptoms.
- If you are an essential worker, or live with an essential worker, and have coronavirus symptoms, book here.
- If you are not an essential worker, and do not live with one, and have coronavirus symptoms, book here.
Mental Wellbeing Advice
COVID-19 has been incredibly disruptive to everyone's lives, especially if you are self-isolating, and so taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important.
Here are some tips from NHS Every Mind Matters to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing.
- Stay connected with others through phone, messaging, video calls, or social media
- Talk about your worries: it is OK to share concerns with others you trust
- Look after your body: try and eat well and take regular exercise, physical and mental health go hand in hand
- Do not stay glued to the news: constant information can be overwhelming, try limiting time checking the news
- Carry on doing the things that you enjoy: focus on your favourite hobby, or find a new passion!
- Take time to relax: try some NHS recommended relaxation techniques here.
- Try and plan your daily routine, ensuring you make time for regular, good-quality sleep.
If you require urgent support, here are useful contacts. Remember, in a life-threatening emergency call 999.
Working Safely During COVID-19
Practical actions for businesses are based upon these 5 steps:
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
- Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
- Help people to work from home
- Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk
Furthermore, the government has published 8 guides to provide advice for a range of different types of work, available here.
Business Financial Support
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has committed to helping businesses of all sizes and the self-employed during the pandemic.
- Click here to see what support is available for you and your business.
- Click here to find out about the Government's 'Future Fund' to support innovative companies facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19.
- Click here for HMRC assistance, or call 0800 024 1222.
- Apply for a Business Support Grant / the Nottingham Small Business Fund from Nottingham City Council here.
- Apply for grants from Broxtowe Borough Council here.
How Can I Help?
If you are a local individual, business, or group that wishes volunteer during the Coronavirus pandemic contact the Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub here or call 0300 500 8080.
Donate Blood Plasma
If you have had, or suspect that you have had COVID-19, the NHS needs volunteers to donate blood plasma. This is part of a clinical trial to help with the national effort against the virus and investigate how effective convalescent plasma (plasma from people who’ve had coronavirus) is for treating coronavirus patients. Find out more here.
- Opt-in to the government Whatsapp Coronavirus Information Service by adding 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and messaging 'hi'.
- Fact-check information about COVID-19 from official sources at www.infotagion.com.
- View official government statistics on COVID-19 here.
- Keep your business safe online with guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre.
- It is vital that people stay at home as much as possible. However, for victims of domestic abuse, the home is not the safe-haven that it should be. If you think that you may be experiencing domestic abuse, you are not alone. Contact the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 run by Refuge, or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk.
- Young Minds has developed 10 tips on how to talk to your child about COVID-19 here.
- For those who have pets, the RSPCA has created a COVID-19 support page.
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