Advise for the most vulnerable as we come out of Lock-down.
Published: 22 June 2020
Having communicated with well-placed medical experts, we have been given the following advice that is for the most vulnerable, including the over 70's, those self-isolating, pregnant ladies and especially the shielded:
1. Levels of disease are currently much lower than they were
2. This does mean your chances of meeting someone who has Covid-19 are much lower than in April for example; this is different to the risk if you become infected (see below)
3. But if you do meet in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 two things apply (4 and 5 below)
4. They may not know they have it and therefore you will not know they have it (asymptomatic infection) but they can still pass it on to you
5. As a shielded person the risk of you having a serious illness if you get Covid-19 has not changed at all since April
6. The more people you come into contact with the greater the risk you are taking
7. If you go into shops that are crowded or which could suddenly become crowded, the more risks you are taking
8. Ideally meet a very small number of people outdoors, socially distanced, with good hand hygiene at all times
9. It is still against the law for people to enter your home (except carers) and to meet with more than 6 people outdoors
9a It is now possible for an individual person living on their own to join up and stay with another family to form what is known as a bubble
10. If in crowded places like shops wear a face covering, for additional protection
(this will be law on public transport from June 15th)
(Long Bennington Medical Centre is also asking for face coverings to be worn when visiting the surgery.)
11. It is sensible to stick to local shops like the Co-op at Long Bennington, where numbers are lower and social distancing is well controlled.
12. If going to shops like Downtown choose times when fewer people are likely to be in and wear face coverings.
It is very important that the most vulnerable still need to take care by keeping down their interaction levels but also having enough interaction to maintain their own mental as well as physical health and well being.
More information from the Government website here - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
More information from NHS website here - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/