- UK set to move from ‘Contain’ to ‘Delay’ phase as work to slow outbreak intensifies
- 280 confirmed cases in UK as of 09/03/20 morning, no confirmed cases in Plymouth
- Thoughts are with the families of 3 people who have died from COVID-19 in the UK
Latest statistics show that there have been 280 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK, including 12 in Devon, but there have not yet been any confirmed cases in Plymouth. A widespread outbreak is becoming increasingly likely, however the government is still in the first stage of its plan – ‘Contain’ outbreaks to prevent cross-community transmission.
As we move into the next phase of the plan, ‘Delay’, good hygiene practices will become more important to push back a potential large-scale outbreak to the Summer months when the NHS is under less pressure. This means we need to all take care to wash our hands properly and use tissues is you have a cough or cold.
This will give medical professionals the chance to conduct more research into the origins of the virus and come up with solutions to mitigate its impact – such as developing a vaccine to protect the most vulnerable.
Currently, advice is to self-isolate if you have returned from an area of high-risk and practice good hygiene. If you think you may have been infected with the virus, DO NOT go to your GP or A&E, but use this website tool or call 111.
It is incredibly important to take this virus seriously but not to panic – there is no need to go and clear out your local supermarket of loo rolls. If everyone takes basic steps like practicing good hygiene, we will all be better off for it. Try to follow these guidelines:
- Wash your hands regularly with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
- Catch coughs and sneezes with a tissue, bin the tissue, wash your hands
- Wipe down your phone/keyboard with an antibacterial wipe every so often
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
It is important to remember that wearing a surgical mask is not a substitute for good hygiene – most surgical masks become ineffective when damp.
Luke had this to say:
“My thoughts and feelings are with the families of those who have passed away from this virus. We can all take action to minimise the impact of COVID-19 by taking basic precautions like washing our hands and self-isolating if we become ill. Please remember that you are not just protecting yourself, but by preventing the spread of this disease you could be helping protect the more vulnerable members of our society”
If you have any concerns, you can contact Luke through his social links or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org