What can I do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
The best way to help and stay healthy is to follow the advice of the NHS.
Everybody needs to stay at home and practise social distancing.
- Stay at home and avoid any unnecessary travelling. Non-essential shops, restaurants, pubs, cinemas and other social venues are closed (except for takeout).
- Only leave the house to exercise (once a day) or purchase food/supplies/medicine (as infrequently as possible).
- Please keep 2 metres away from people not in your household, even if you are outside. This includes greetings, handshakes and goodbyes.
- Wash your hands with soap/sanitiser frequently and making sure you catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and throw that in the bin.
Additionally, if you or someone in your household has Coronavirus symptoms you should stay at home for 14 days. You should avoid leaving the house during this time. You can find self isolation guidance here.
The Coronavirus is contagious even when displaying only minor symptoms. If your friends, colleagues or family are displaying symptoms, please advise them to stay at home too.
Does the Coronavirus only affect older people, or are others at risk?
People of all ages can catch the Coronavirus, and all can help in preventing its spread and helping vulnerable people. The best way to help is to stay home, if you must leave home follow social distancing (keep 2 metres away from others) and to make sure that you wash your hands with soap/sanitiser frequently.
Older people over 70, and those with a relevant pre-existing health condition, are more at risk of severe cases of Coronavirus.
As of March 22nd, those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. If you are in a high risk category, the NHS will contact you directly.
Should I seek a doctor if I think I have the Coronavirus?
NHS medical advice is to stay at home and self-isolate for the next 14 days if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms (new and persistent cough or a temperature over 37c). You should follow this advice if someone in your household has the virus, even if you do not have symptoms.
Please do NOT go to your local GP or A&E if you believe you may have the Coronavirus.
If your condition gets worse, your symptoms do not improve within 7 days or you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, please use the NHS 111 online service.
There are no current medicines or vaccines for the Coronavirus. As this is a virus (not an infection), antibiotics will not help. Please stay in isolation (away from others) until you have recovered.
Should I keep going to work or sending my children to school?
As Bristol is now in lockdown, you should work from home. Government advice is that you may still go to work if it is impossible for you to work from home. If you are unable to work from home, we recommend you speak to your employer and assess if it is absolutely necessary for you to continue coming into work.
From Friday evening 20th March, all schools and further education providers will close until further notice. Exams will be suspended for this year, as will school performance tables. If your child receives Free School Meals, your school will continue to provide this assistance.
- The Government is advising all those that can work-from-home to do so. It is best to check with your business or employer for advice on this.
- If you are a worker involved in frontline Coronavirus support (Government list here), your children can still go to school if necessary.
- If you have children who require additional support, including those with a social worker or an educational health and care plan, your children can still go to school.
To maintain the full-time capacity of my constituency office, my team will be working from their homes over the coming weeks.
Should I continue to use public transport?
Current advice is to stay home, avoid unnecessary travel and practise social distancing. This means staying at home, and if outside keeping 2 metres away from people not in your household.