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Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) - updated 03/08/2020

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understanding coronavirus

The NHS in mid Essex and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus

Learn about the government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK.

View our guide for children, young people and families on understanding COVID-19

For information on routine outpatient appointments and in-patient visiting hours at our local hospitals please visit:

Stay Alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

Read more about what you can and can't do.



Meeting people from outside your household

There are two ways you can see people you do not live with:

  • meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people - you should do this while observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart
  • single adult households - adults who live alone or with dependent children only - can form a 'support bubble' with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together in each others' homes, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart. If you or someone in your household or support bubble are showing coronavirus symptoms, everyone in the support bubble should stay home.

More information on meeting people from outside your household can be found on the gov.uk website.

Support for those in high-risk groups

If you have been identified as being in a high-risk group, and are shielding, you may be eligible to recieve support to help with food and essentials supplies. 

For more information please contact the Essex Welfare Service by completing their online form. If you do not have online access please call 0300 303 9988. 

Mental health support

It is natural to feel anxious during times of uncertainty. Every Mind Matters have compiled a list of simple things you can do to maintain your mental wellbeing and deal with anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

You can also find out more about local mental health support available by clicking on the links below.

 

Support with recovering from Covid-19

Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19.

If you have had Covid-19, you may still have some physical symptoms, such as, breathlessness, a cough and a lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.

These symptoms, both physical and psychological, are common. Your Covid Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

Domestic violence

If you are experiencing domestic abuse then there is support for you. You are not alone. At home shouldn’t mean at risk and if this is you then isolation rules do not apply.

Police response and support services remain available. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 999.

For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.