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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 all social activities with more than 2 peopl
use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands aren't clean
have visitors to your home, including friends and family
Latest UK Advice
Main Points of PM Speech: 23 March 2020
What was just announced?
If you’re just joining us, UK PM Boris Johnson has just announced a major ramping up of coronavirus measures.
Here are the major points of his speech:
From tonight, people in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for only “very limited purposes” - shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
People are warned not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine, and people are advised to do it “as little as you can”
Police have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings
All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close
Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
All gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned
All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned
Funerals are not included in the new restrictions
Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed
Restrictions “under constant review” and will be checked again in three weeks. They will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to”
Latest Public Advice: 23 March 2020
The government has urged the public to take further steps to protect themselves and the wider population from the coronavirus.
From tonight, people will be allowed to leave their homes for:
shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle, alone or with members of their household;
any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
travelling to and from work, but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Only traveling if absolutely necessary - for example by key workers to travel to and from work.
Latest Closures: 23 March 2020
Mr Johnson says the government will immediately:
close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores - as well as other premises like libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with
stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but allow funerals
Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed, he says.
You Asked, We Answered
How is Coronavirus spread?
Current information from the NHS states that the exact method of how the virus spreads from person to person is not yet known.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
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Is There a Treatment?
nhs.uk states the following:
'There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You must stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered'.