This page begins with the official advice regarding coronavirus, it ends with my personal opinion and a call for community sharing. I hope both are useful to our local community.
Symptoms of COVID-19 infection
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature.
Most people experience relatively mild symptoms and fully recover.
In some people, COVID-19 is a more severe illness that may include pneumonia or difficulty breathing. This might require admission to hospital.
If you think you may have COVID-19 visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus for access to the guide to find out what to do next if you have the above symptoms.
What should I do if I get symptoms of COVID-19?
If you have developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.
Contact your GP or NHS 24 (111) if your symptoms:
- are severe or you have shortness of breath
- worsen during home isolation
- have not improved after 7 days
You should also phone your GP or NHS 24 (111) if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:
- are 60 years old or over
- have underlying poor health
- have heart or lung problems
- have a weakened immune system, including cancer
- have diabetes
Testing for COVID-19
You will only be tested for COVID-19 if you:
- have a serious illness that requires admission to hospital
- are unwell and live in a care home or other residential setting
How to avoid catching COVID-19
You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading the infection by:
- avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
- maintaining good hand hygiene – washing hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser before eating and drinking, and after coughing, sneezing and going to the toilet
- avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone
- covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use
From Monday all large gatherings above 500 people with the potential to impact the emergency services should be cancelled to prioritise the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. (Scottish Government only)
The above is the official information regarding the coronavirus outbreak and precautions recommended by the UK and Scottish Governments.
What follows is my opinion –
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that coronavirus is a pandemic – “a worldwide spread of a new disease”. It is not flu and it will not be going away anytime soon. This is a serious situation which I feel our own governments are not treating as such.
Personally, I am not keen on the “herd immunity” description of the UK Government’s actions. I would much prefer if our elderly, sick and vulnerable were not used as a stepping stone to supposedly save an unknown number from an unknown virus.
The advice to stay at home for 7 days if you think you have the symptoms does nothing more than hide the instances of infection. If we don’t know how many are infected, how they became infected and the extent of symptoms, how can we be expected to realistically protect our population?
The last figures being bandied about regarding testing were approx. 1500 tests per day. These were carried out on people who had been travelling and people who had been in contact with an already positively diagnosed person.
Community transmission, ie transmission not based on the infection being brought in from a foreign country, was confirmed days ago. Therefore, testing should have been rolled out to the wider public. Instead the official advice is to go shut yourself at home for 7 days.
Whilst you are at home self isolating, everyone you met over the last few days could be blissfully unaware of their possible contagious status.
It seems ridiculous that it is not the Government that is stopping large gatherings, more the organisers of the gatherings. Football, rugby, conferences, even the Scottish Conservative Party Conference has been postponed. None of this at the behest of Government, all done by the organisers themselves.
I shall be carrying out my own social distancing. The only reason to be leaving my house is to visit my parents, work and get some shopping. Shopping I will do locally both to support local businesses and to avoid large amounts of people.
Some may think this is a bit extreme however, my father is immunosuppressed, and I am loathe to be part of a social experiment that puts him at risk.
The suggested figure for those infected with coronavirus at present who have not been tested and are not in official figures is in the thousands. That figure is only going to rise over the next few weeks.
We live in a small community, we can help each other very easily. If you are isolating because you think you have coronavirus, please let others know. Give me and others like me, half a chance to avoid our sick or elderly relatives if there is a chance of infection. As a community we can help stop the spread of this virus to friends and neighbours if we let each other know and help each other out.
I am happy to share information of help and assistance on the Facebook page, just send a message and I will share it. I do hope it doesn’t get to that stage and sometimes I am sure I am overreacting, I am not however prepared to bet my father’s life on it.
Take care everyone x