Staying clued up on Coronavirus

It has come to our attention that recently, inaccurate information about Coronavirus is being delivered to residents in our area.

We want to make sure you have a safe place to turn to for information, and that the advice you are being given is accurate and true, so you can make the best possible decisions for you and your loved ones.

Coronavirus is highly contagious and can be spread by people in close contact with each other through particles in the air.

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If you, or someone you are close to believe that you may have Coronavirus, it is important to self-isolate straight away and to get a Covid test, commonly known as a PCR test. This test can be ordered and completed from the comfort of your own home. Order a free PCR test here.

To make sure you don’t spread Coronavirus, it’s vital that you self-isolate until you receive your test results back. If you, or any member of your household, has tested positive for Covid-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days, not including the day your symptoms first started. If you get symptoms while you’re self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms first appeared.

If, during your time at home, you develop a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery, a running nose or sneezing, feeling or being sick or diarrhoea, you will need to continue to self-isolate until the symptoms have stopped for 48 hours.

From Monday 16th August, new isolation rules have been put in place for those who have had both of their Coronavirus vaccinations more than 14 days ago. If you have had both of your jabs and have had a negative test result for Covid-19, you do not have to isolate. Please make sure to still self-isolate until you receive your PCR test results.

If you have not had both of your Coronavirus jabs, you will still have to self isolate for the 10 day period.

Apart from getting vaccinated, the best way to keep you and your community safe is to wear a face mask, sanitise your hands regularly, stick to social distancing guidelines and limit the number of people you meet.

Covid-19 can be really dangerous for everyone, especially those who are classed as high risk, like people with cancer or receiving cancer treatment, those with severe lung or heart conditions and people who are pregnant.

It’s important we all play a part in cutting out Coronavirus together.

For more information on Coronavirus, please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page on the NHS website.