Covid 19

July, 2020
What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness caused by the Coronavirus that mainly affects a person’s lungs and airways

For the majority of people, the symptoms will be mild for example a high temperature or a new continuous cough, or loss of sense of smell or taste. Some people may also experience difficulty with breathing, and feel short of breath

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However, a few people will get severe symptoms and will need medical attention. This is usually older people and those with a long-term health condition for example lung disease, heart failure or diabetes. In addition, people with a weakened immune system, for example, because of HIV or chemotherapy, are more likely to get more severe symptoms. These are people who are offered the regular flu jab every year in the autumn

Almost everyone is at risk and can catch this virus, it is therefore really important to pay particular attention to guidance on how to stay safe and reduce the risk of becoming ill with the Coronavirus. Further guidance on who is considered to be extremely vulnerable can be found on the GOV.UK site

There is a lot of advice around about Coronavirus but it is best to follow the latest advice on the NHS website to protect yourself and others

General Advice for everyone

It is really important that we all do everything we can to fight coronavirus. It spreads easily between people and we now know that you can be infected with the coronavirus infection and show no obvious symptoms. We should all focus on avoiding catching or spreading the virus. This includes limiting the amount of time we spend in close contact with people from outside our households as much as possible

The guidance from the Government is changing all the time. The best way to keep up to date with the latest guidance is to follow the advice on the UK Government website. At the moment the guidance says that everyone can leave their home more often. This link gives advice on guidance for vulnerable groups

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Specific advice for coping with restrictions due to Covid-19 for people living with dementia is available on our Dementia Diversity website