Information on Coronavirus

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is worrying for many people.  I feel that myself, professionally and personally.

I want to reassure my constituents that the simple, sensible thing to do is to follow public health advice. Please see below for the latest updates, with more specific information in the links to the left. 

If you have any further queries, please contact anthony.browne.mp@parliament.uk.

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Anthony Browne MP

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LATEST ADVICE 

The Government is now advising the following measures: 

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Volunteering

We are currently collecting the contact information of constituents who would be willing and able to help support the more vulnerable in our community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, particularly as the virus reaches its predicted peak over the coming weeks.

If you would like to help and find yourself in a position to do so, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page, or send your information, such as your name, contact details and how you would be able to help to anthony.browne.mp@parliament.uk

I will then share this information with local organisations.

Information about coronavirus - COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a ‘type’ of virus. The coronavirus we are all hearing about is called COVID-19.
 

How serious is COVID-19?

The evidence shows us that the vast majority of people who get this virus have relatively mild symptoms and make a full recovery. But in a small percentage of cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. This is particularly true for people with a weakened immune system, for older people and for those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 

A lot of false information about this virus is being shared - it’s very important that you make sure that the information you use comes from a trusted source - all of the information on this page has been sourced from the NHS.

How can you avoid getting and spreading the virus?

Scientists are not yet 100% certain about how this virus spreads but it's likely it's via droplets from coughs and sneezes. The virus spreads easily and can stay on surfaces, it's possible that a lot of us will get it and be affected by it, but if you follow the advice below you will reduce your risk and the risk to others.

  • Clean hands - wash hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds. Do this before leaving home and after returning home, before eating and drinking, and after coughing or sneezing
  • Cover your mouth and nose - with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze - tissue in the bin and wash, or disinfect, your hands immediately
  • Don't touch your face - keep your hands away from your face - especially your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean surfaces - disinfect surfaces around you  - especially mobiles, computers, keyboards, worktops, desks, handles...
  • Avoid ill people - stay away from people who have symptoms

What are the symptoms?

If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites two symptoms to look out for as:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A fever or high temperature

What should I do if I have either of the above symptoms?

  • Protect others - don't call NHS 111
  • Protect others - don't call, or go to your GP
  • Protect others - don't go to your local hospital

Isolate yourself immediately

However if:

  • You are, or become, unable to manage with your symptoms at home
  • Your conditions get worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

You should use the online 111 service or if you can't use the online service call 111.

Isolating yourself

  • Stay at home - this means not going out at all - do this even if you think your symptoms are mild. 
    • stay at home for seven days if living alone or 14 days if living with others.
    • If you live with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms you should also stay at home for 14 days. 
  • Ask for help - if you're finding it hard to stay at home - text, email, phone, friends, family, employers or your local community to get help - but they mustn't come into your home
  • Keep your distance - keep 2 metres (around 3 steps) away from others - including family. Do not go to your GP surgery or hospital
  • Sleep alone - if you can sleep alone you must - it will help ensure people you live with aren't infected
  • Keep washing your hands - often and for 20 seconds with soap and water helps minimise the spread
  • Drink plenty of fluids - and take everyday pain killers like paracetamol
  • Keep cleaning - keeping surfaces clean helps minimise the spread
  • Avoid people at risk - people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to be affected help keep them safe

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