Information and Signposting on Corona Virus
Things are changing daily with regards to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), with information and guidance being issued at every turn.
Sometimes this can seem overwhelming, but we all need to keep abreast of the important facts around keeping ourselves and others as safe and well as possible.
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.
If you are experiencing these, you are advised to self-isolate and refer to the NHS and Public Health England for guidance. Both websites contain comprehensive, up-to-date information on the virus and its management. Further information can be seen on 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: