Coronavirus Updates

This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to coronavirus (COVID-19).

How serious is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus. An NHS overview on COVID-19 can be found here.

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. 

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?

If you live alone - isolate yourself at home immediately for 7 days

If you live with others - you should all isolate yourselves at home for 14 days - this 14-day period starts from the day the first person in the home noticed the symptoms.

If at-risk people share your home - such as those who are older and those with underlying health conditions - the NHS advise for them to move out, perhaps to stay with friends or family for the whole isolation period. They need to minimise contact with others during this period whether or not they are able to move out.

The Government response to COVID-19 is guided by medical and scientific advice received from the independent Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor, taking into account information from the NHS and other relevant public bodies. It is fast-moving and Government advice on Coronavirus is subject to change – for the latest information visit Gov.uk and the Gov.uk COVID-19 page.

The Government's COVID-19 Action Plan can be found by clicking here.

Support for Meon Valley Residents

Neighbourhood help around Meon Valley

Click here If you are looking for local support groups or ways to volunteer in Meon Valley 

Do you have coronavirus symptoms?

If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus service.

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Click here if you or any of your household have coronavirus symptoms and want to check the governments advice

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Click here to find out what support and advice is available for business owners, employees or self employed people

Guidance for people travelling overseas

Click here to see the latest government advice for those currently abroad and those planning to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Click here to see the latest government advice for social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Guidance for schools and other educational settings

Click here to see the latest government advice for educational facilities and staff

News

Hampshire County council warn 'Watch out for scams'

This post from Hampshire County Council does worry me. It is one of the reasons that I have set up the 'Neighbourhood help around Meon Valley' page, so people know who are the right people to go to for help.

Guide to Social Distances and advice

Here is further guidance on social distances and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. There are also links to NHS webpages which you might find helpful. 

Further Guidance on business and premises to close

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus. 
That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, staying at home and away from others, and asked that schools only remain open for those children who absolutely need to attend.