COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

CORONAVIRUS 2020 INFORMATION

Welcome to my page dedicated to COVID-19.

The current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presents a significant challenge for the entire world.

The UK government and the devolved administrations, including the health and social care systems, have planned extensively over the years for an event like this, and the UK is therefore well prepared to respond in a way that offers substantial protection to the public.

COVID-19 is the illness seen in people infected with a new strain of coronavirus not previously seen in humans.

Protection Against the Virus:

Please wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

NHS ADVICE: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

 

Staying at Home:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for more information)
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation for more information
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

 

Travel Advice:

Following Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s Speech on the 17/03/2020:

  • The Foreign Secretary has advised against all non-essential travel for 30 days – likely to continue.
  • The Government is working with travel companies to return home those stranded abroad – including the recent repatriation of 131 British nationals from California.

For advice for specific countries see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 

In response to coronavirus measures we are advising against all and all but essential travel to some countries, cities and regions. You must check the travel advice to the country you are travelling to.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus for more detail.

 

Advice for Business:

I understand that many business owners are concerned about the implications of COVID-19.

The Chancellor has set out a £12 billion package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, individuals and businesses through the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

The government continues to work closely with the Bank of England and international partners and announced a 3-point plan at the Budget.

  • We have introduced a 0.5 per cent reduction (50 basis points) in the interest rate to 0.25 per cent, which is aimed at supporting business and instilling consumer confidence.
  • Businesses in my constituency will welcome the Government’s measures to cover Statutory Sick Pay for employees who are ill or isolating themselves and for those with less than 250 staff, the cost of SSP due to COVID-19 will be refundable for up to 14 days.
  • Loans of up to £1.2 million will be available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme from April 1st, with the government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per lender cap on claims).
  • Having convened with the chancellor Rishi Sunak, we both believe that these initiatives will help mitigate the impact of the outbreak and provide hardworking businesses with the support they desperately need.

Find more information here:

Guidance for Employers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-bu… 

Support for Businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-bu…

 

Please find details on Government measures here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-go…