Corona virus:  advice and guidance

Help control the virus

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space - stay at least a metre away from people who are not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least ten days.

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The main symptoms of Coronavirus are a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.  Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

Further coronavirus information can be found using the links below :

You are asked not to attend a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy and instead, use the 111 service; both online and via telephone. There are guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus, including social distancing and frequent thorough hand washing.

With many people self-isolating, other issues for concern may well arise, particularly in the vulnerable and/or isolated members of our communities. Loneliness and lack of interaction can have a negative effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Please remember to check on others by phone, social media, email, skype etc. Also encourage them, if they are online, to link in with support groups, interest groups and forums where they can continue to enjoy the conversation with others.

Healthwatch Southend can offer information and signposting around all your health, wellbeing and social care needs. Our confidential Information & Signposting Team can be contacted via the following:

01702 416320

Southend CCG information  - There's things you can do to ease mild symptoms of Coronavirus at home, whether it's a mild cough, breathlessness or a high temperature. Remember to not leave the house for any reason. If your symptoms get worse, you can call NHS 111 for advice.

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