The NHS in Lincolnshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- 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
Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms.
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
For the latest COVID-19 advice please visit http://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
How is it spread?
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact.
A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines.
This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Accessible Information about COVID-19
COVID-19 information has also been produced in Easy Read to support vulnerable people.
Easy read version: What you can and cannot do from the 4 July
Easy read version: New rules on staying alert and safe
Easy read version: 2 metre and 1 metre plus rule
Easy read version: Wearing a face covering
Easy read version: Going to work safely
To download resources in easy read, please click on the files below:
You can find more information in Easy Read that covers:
- What to do if you or someone in your house seems to have Coronavirus
- Shielding- information about staying safe if you are most likely to get very poorly from Coronavirus
- Easy read advice on washing your hands more often
- Looking after your feelings and your body
- Resources by and for autistic people
Information in other languages
The guidance documents below represent most of the top languages spoken by people living in Lincolnshire, please note that Doctors of the World have produced this important COVID-19 information in other languages, which can be accessed directly from their website.
Below are downloadable posters displaying “Keep your distance - Stay Alert” and “Social Distancing” in Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian languages.