What is Covid-19?
It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic.
What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes?
According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. Some people report losing their sense of taste and/or smell. About 80% of people who get Covid-19 experience a mild case – about as serious as a regular cold – and recover without needing any special treatment.
About one in six people, the WHO says, become seriously ill. The elderly and people with underlying medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, or chronic respiratory conditions, are at a greater risk of serious illness from Covid-19.
In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) has identified the specific symptoms to look for as experiencing either:
· A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
· A new continuous cough – this means you have started coughing repeatedly.
As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work, and there is currently no vaccine. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system.
Should I go to the doctor if I have a temperature or a cough?
No. In the UK, the NHS advice is now that anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. This applies to everyone, regardless of whether they have travelled abroad.
Wrotham Parish Council Response
The UK Government declared Emergency Lock Down measures on the 23 March 2020 which closed all restaurants, pubs and non-essential businesses asking all citizens to stay at home apart for occasional exercise and essential shopping.
In response Wrotham Parish Council (WPC) asked for a list of volunteers to assist elderly and vulnerable parishioners who are self isolating at home. To date we have contact details for nine local residents who are keen to help. If you would like to join our volunteer list please first read the guidance provided and then make contact with the Parish Clerk
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Clarion Homes have referred five requests for assistance to WPC who have been able to assign volunteer helpers to the individuals. Typical requirements include collecting prescriptions and essential shopping.
If you are vulnerable or self-isolating and require assistance then please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance.Click here for Volunteer Guidance
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